President Donald Trump announced Tuesday morning he would issue an executive order that would end a right to citizenship for any child born in the United States to non-U.S. citizens, an issue that former Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid once supported.
Reid introduced a bill at the time to the Sen. Judiciary Committee known as the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993. But the legislation did not last long, as it was sent to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Affairs and died there.
The text of the legislation, however, supported termination of granting citizenship to children of non-citizens born in the United States. It read:
TITLE X—CITIZENSHIP 4 SEC. 1001. BASIS OF CITIZENSHIP CLARIFIED. In the exercise of its powers under section of the Fourteenth Article of Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress has determined and hereby 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.