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House Republicans want to gut key American principle

House Republicans want to gut key American principle

The Civil War era's 14th Amendment, granting automatic citizenship to any baby born on American soil, is a proud achievement of the Party of Lincoln. But now House Republicans are talking about abolishing birthright citizenship. A House Judiciary subcommittee took up the question this past week, prompted by legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and 22 other lawmakers that, after nearly 150 years, would end automatic citizenship. The 14th Amendment, King told the subcommittee, "did not contemplate that anyone who would sneak into the United States and have a baby would have automatic citizenship conferred on them." "I'd suggest it's our job...

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