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A blast from Harry Reid's past on birthright citizenship

Update: 4:07pm

Greg Sargent reports that Reid apologized for the bill in 2006, calling it the "low point" of his career.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid may have an immigration problem. The Washington Times reports that Reid sponsored a bill in 1993 that would have denied citizenship to children born in the United States if their mothers were not citizens at the time of delivery. Title X of the legislation read:

In the exercise of its powers under section 5 of the Fourteenth Article of Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress has determined and here by declares that any person born after the date of enactment of this title to a mother who is neither a citizen of the United States nor admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and which person is a national or citizen of another country of which either of his or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or is entitled upon application to become a national or citizen of such country, shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States within the meaning of section 1 of such Article and shall therefore not be a citizen of the United States or of any State solely by reason of physical presence within the United States at the moment of birth.

The bill never left subcommittee. Reid has recently expressed disbelief at Hispanics who support Republicans as some members of the GOP are calling for the revision of the 14th amendment.

Read the Times report, and the bill.

By Emi Kolawole  |  August 13, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
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Comments

In November--good bye and good riddance Senator Reid? You were instrumental in stopping the mandatory amendment for E-Verify and in addition cutting funding two the real double layered fence between Mexico and the USA. NumbersUSA will give you the facts.

Posted by: infinity555 | August 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on the Obama Presidency Blog, where is President Obama's comment on this pressing matter?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 16, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Think those Anchor Babies are soooooo cute?

We have over 4 Million!

EACH, will wind up costing us @$ 1Million by the time they are 18!

That's just $4 TRILLION! Avg. of $6,000/Year for TAX PAYING Households! :-o

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh Pahleeze!

Those agents are for the Narco war!

O'Bomba is Mr. Back-Door Amnesty!

NO action against Sanctuary Cities, States giving Illegals Drivers Licenses, Anchor Babies(4 Million and Growing-set to cost @$4TRILLION over the next 18 Years), and so much more-INACTION!

O'Bomba's Action: SUE Aridzona for TRYING to help it's citizenry on the front line of a WAR!

Yes, a WAR! A Battle for Sovereignty!

Our Sovereignty is controlled by VOTING!

Mexican Americans I love. Have my whole life! They came here when the Revolutionaries-who do not share our Capitalistic values, Stole Mexico-for the wealth they wanted!

American Mexicans on the other hand...

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 15, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It's true: Senator Reid changed his position on immigration http://bit.ly/aLqAh7

Posted by: JustinBarasky | August 13, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This should not be on the Obama Presidency blog, it make you look like a teabagging birtherTM? Are you teabagging birtherTM, Emi?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 13, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't get much better than this! Right on Wrong-way Harry!

Posted by: MadJack1 | August 13, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I guess this is an "I was for it before I was against it" moment.

Posted by: meand2 | August 13, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama has added another 1,000 more border agents.

We've already deported about 400,000 this fiscal year, 25% more than Bush did in 2007.

Companies are being audited for hiring illegals at 4 times the rate under Bush.

More border agents, more deportations, more audits on companies who hire them. Sounds like we're picking up the pace just fine, even without wiping our rears with the 14th Amendment.

Posted by: steve-2304 | August 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Deport PennyWisetheClown, not people.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | August 13, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Now that we know this, how could any Hispanic person be a DemocRat supporter?

Posted by: theaz | August 13, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Even deep down the democrats know what is going on with illegal immigration and anchor baby's is just wrong for our country.

Let's cut the bull and start the deportations already.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | August 13, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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