Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Smith: “Congress Can And Should End Birth Citizenship.” According to a letter to the editor from Smith published in the Washington Times, “Congress can and should end birth citizenship. […] It is unfair to grant automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants because it undermines the intention of the 14th Amendment, encourages illegal immigration and costs taxpayers. Passing a law to eliminate birth citizenship is constitutional and would help deter illegal immigration.” [Smith Letter to the Editor via Washington Times, 4/14/11]