Congressman Steve King is being accused of hypocrisy and bigotry after introducing a bill in the first days of the congressional session last week.
King wants to change the U.S. Constitution by targeting the 14th Amendment. In particular, he wants to change the citizenship clause which says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States.”
According to King many people interpret that clause to mean children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S. are U.S. citizens, which he thinks is flawed.
To address that issue, he proposed a law called the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013. Under it, you would only be considered a U.S. citizen if at least one parent was a citizen or legal permanent resident or if one parent was an undocumented immigrant serving in the military.
The group Progess Iowa released the following statement on King’s bill, “it`s disappointing that (King) would immediately introduce legislation to restrict the rights and status of immigrant children and contradict a constitutional amendment repeatedly upheld by the supreme court. It`s clear that King only values the constitution to the degree that it suits his own extremist agenda.”