Section 1 of the 14th amendment of the United States Constitution reads:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
The amendment guarantees that if a person was born in the United States they are automatically granted "birthright citizenship." Although the amendment was adopted in 1868 it has become a hot button issue in recent years. In 2010 alone "anchor babies" has set off a political firestorm and it is carrying over into 2011.
House representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, wasted no time in Congress yesterday making this a political topic of the year introducing, "The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011" to the House floor that would repeal birthright citizenship. Representative Steve King explains his position on American Morning.