You can get updates on any bill by going to this site, and entering the bill's # (in this case, 698), or entering keywords to search on.
Interestingly, it does NOT give automatic citizenship to a child born of an American who is not married to the mother. A common law marriage doesn't count. That's a major change. What's happening with this bill?
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims.You might want to use the link to the House of Representatives on the Blogroll to pass on your opinion about the bill.
Why is this such an important issue at this time? Because, according to The Corner at National Review,
nearly 10 percent of all births in the United States today are to illegal aliens
Well, it directly affects our governmental processes. You see, according to National Review (Dec. 8, 2003 - John J. Miller - sorry, I couldn't access the online archive for that article):
Under the current rules of apportionment, the 435 House seats are divvied up on the basis of the total number of people living in each state--not just citizens, but also noncitizens and even illegal aliens. It's hard to believe: People whose very presence in the United States is against the law are granted formal representation in Washington.It's in the interest of local governments to encourage illegal immigration through such measures as declaring a city a "sanctuary city" - explicitly going on record as not enforcing immigration laws, and, even forbidding local government from reporting immigration violations. Their representation is raised, and, if some of the illegals vote, hey, even better.
I'm against that kind of gaming the system.