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Congressional Republicans also targeting birthright citizenship

House Republicans have filed a bill to deny automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants.

The bill is similar to legislation introduced in the last Congress, which stalled in committee.

However the latest bill has been filed as a group of state lawmakers are trying to advance state legislation regarding birthright citizenship.

The bill’s chief sponsors include Iowa Rep. Steve King who could soon be chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees immigration and citizenship.

U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are considered citizens under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The bill would alter immigration law to prevent such children from earning citizenship based on birth in the U.S.

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