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Published on May 27, 2010
Mike Lee answered questions at an event in Layton, Utah, on May 27th, 2010. The sound isn't super fantastic, as I was filming with my Samsung S730 personal digital camera. You may need to adjust your volume. I have included a transcript of the video below.
This is his answer to the question: What do you propose we do about the illegal immigration situation with regards to anchor babies?
The 14th amendment provides that any person born in the US and subject to the jurisdiction thereof shall be a citizen of the US and of the state in which he shall reside. The way I read that amendment is that you're not necessarily subject to the jurisdiction of the US just because you're born here. If you're born to parents of illegal aliens who have come here in open violation of our laws, you're not born in the US and subject to the jurisdiction thereof. That is why I support H.R. 1868, legislation that would make clear that you are entitled to birthright citizenship if and only if at the time of your birth in the US, you had at least one parent who was either: a US citizen, a US lawful permanent resident, or an alien who was engaged in active full-time military service at the time of your birth.