Steve Stockman (R-TX)

Steve Stockman Blamed “The Crush Of Illegals” For Gang Violence. According to Politico, “‘The crush of illegals have bankrupted local governments, shut down hospitals, overwhelmed schools and crashed local economies, hurting largely Hispanic citizens,’ Stockman said. ‘That failure has fueled the growth of violent gangs, like MS-13, that prey upon illegals and target the children of Hispanic citizens.’” [Politico, 1/28/13]

Rep. Steve Stockman Claimed Birthright Citizenship For “The Children Of Illegal Aliens” Is “Based On A Misinterpretation Of The 14th Amendment.” According to an op-ed by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) in Townhall, “We also need to remove other magnets such as in Medicaid, in-state tuition, and driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, and prevent the establishment of ‘sanctuary cities’ where local officials help illegal aliens evade enforcement of national laws. Another major incentive is giving automatic citizenship to the children of illegal aliens based on a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment. When I was in Congress in 1996, I introduced a law to end this policy. Rep. Steve King and Senator David Vitter have both introduced legislation similar to the legislation I advocated, and I will work with them to end this practice when I return to Congress. This is not to punish the children, but to prevent illegals from using their children to as an anchor to stay in this country.” [Townhall, 8/14/12]