One issue that has popped up in the primary race between Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater is so-called “anchor babies” - children born in America to illegal immigrants who automatically gain U.S. citizenship. One advocacy group says eliminating that provision in the Constitution would not end illegal immigration.
The Immigration Policy Center says birthright citizenship, which Is part of the 14th Amendment, is under attack by congress and many state legislators who want to push a legal challenge all the way to the Supreme Court. However, they contend that eliminating it would not solve the problem of illegal immigration
Since children born to undocumented immigrants would presumably be undocumented, the size of the undocumented populations would actually increase as a result of the new policy. While some children could acquire the citizenship of their parents, others would be left with no citizenship or nationality, leaving them stateless.
They also say that ending birthright citizenship actually would be a distraction from dealing with the real problems inherent in our immigration system.
Immigrants come to the U.S. to work, to reunite with their families, or to flee persecution. Denying birthright citizenship will not discourage unauthorized immigrants from coming to the U.S., and it will not encourage those already here to leave.