House panel kills resolution calling for end to birthright citizenship

A resolution to comment President Donald Trump’s call to end birthright citizenship has died in the House Constitutional Protections & Sentencing Subcommittee.

The  panel voted 4-3 on Wednesday to reject the measure sponsored by freshman Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris), the AP reports. Three Republicans and one Democrat voted against the resolution.

Griffey’s resolution calls for ending what it calls “the illegitimate, unauthorized, and illegal practice of bestowing citizenship to those born within the boundaries of our great country whose presence constitutes a violation of United States law and breach of the sovereignty of this Nation.”

Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-Nashville) said “God help us” if lawmakers advanced a  the resolution telling people born in the U.S. that they aren’t citizens.

15 Responses to House panel kills resolution calling for end to birthright citizenship

  • James White says:

    Why are our legislators wasting time on meaningless resolutions, when they could be Rescinding All calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention?

  • Silence Dogood says:

    It is all about the money, Rep Mitchell. You are spending money that is not yours to support your vision of fairness. Impoverishing this country is your game. What we really need to know is where you and the other folks that voted against this resolution stand on illegal immigration. Birthright citizenship is a magnet for illegals and makes guarding our borders expensive and dangerous. Or is this issue just too complex for the poor simple-minded electorate to understand? Are you smarter than us? Tennessee voters want to end birthright citizenship. The first step on this long journey is for Tennessee to challenge this practice all the way to the Supreme Court.

    • Lenny says:

      So the three Republicans who voted with Mitchell are also part of the Deep State?

      The Supreme Court decided this in 1898. United States v. Wong Kim Ark – The government can not deny citizenship to anyone born in the United States in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. This sounded like a waste of time and money to me, too.

      • Silence Dogood says:

        I am calling all 4 of them out. This Deep State operation is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce’s throughout the state. Cheap labor from an overly crowded labor market, with government provided benefits (Medicaid) paid for by the National Debt, is how businesses get rich. And politicians get elected from the generosity of those rich people. See the con game?

        • MarLE says:

          Food stamps are paid 100% by the US Treasury revenue. Medicaid by up to 66% in many states. And what does Trump do…….reduce Corporate taxes by 42% to levels that we had in 1938. Had he reduced Individual taxes to that rate you would be paying 22% on income over 1.5M, not as you currently do~ on income over 38K. That, in addition to a virtual flat tax on the rich is why we have Any Debt At All

  • Mary says:

    Tennessee voters want to end birthright citizenship? Speak for yourself, Silence, not for the rest of us. And give up your foolish quest to end birthright citizenship — you’d need to get the US Constitution amended, and that’s not going to happen.

    • Silence Dogood says:

      Mary, I am speaking for myself. And you must surmise, as I know already, in this deeply red state that if put to the vote, most Tennesseans would vote against birthright citizenship. I am willing to amend the Constitution.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Cut the GA budget 5% each year until silly, useless and money wasting legislation is eliminated.

  • Donna Locke says:

    A resolution is fine, but the passage in the U.S. Constitution that many of us think has been misinterpreted to allow automatic citizenship for children born here to illegal-alien mothers must be challenged legally or changed by the long process by which we change the Constitution. I say get both approaches going. This is the main tap into our welfare system by foreign nationals and also anchors them in this country.

    As for our state Republicans, we see a lot of posturing against illegal immigration at election time. For all but a handful of them, that’s all their rhetoric is: empty posturing. That we don’t have mandatory E-Verify required of all employers, public and private, in this state after years of trying to get it tells you all you need to know about your fake conservatives who are content to waste our time and dime on anti-civil-rights and theocratic bills that will not stand up in court. The rest of the time, they are shifting our tax dollars to wealthy corporations.

    A couple of years ago, I wrote something for my local paper about all this, and some fake-conservative politicians didn’t like it. I will try to get another op-ed into The Tennessean at the end of this session.

    Put independent true conservatives in office, people. Encourage people to run as such and vote for them.

    I thank state Rep. Bruce Griffey, my state senator, Joey Hensley, and a handful of others for their immigration efforts in the legislature, although I don’t agree with other things they may do. I also thank my congressman, Scott DesJarlais, for the same. They have walked their talk.

  • Misty Pardner says:

    The most disturbing part of this story is there are three idiots on that committee that voted for it.

  • MarLE says:

    Georgia has just had its Ban on illegals (including DACA) from ATTENDING any of the 3 top tier GA universities. Judge ruled that DACA only spares recipients from deportation but does nothing to change their illegal status. Now let’s see what Rep in the Congress do to undermine that.

    • MarLE says:

      Just had its ban upheld. At other of its system schools where attendance is permitted, out of state tuition is required.

  • Donna Locke says:

    I’ll add a little history here. Before the Republicans got their current majority in the Tennessee legislature, one of the main issues, maybe THE main issue, they used in their campaigns for years was the immigration issue. That is, demagnetizing the state to illegal immigration — especially by stopping the driver’s licenses illegal aliens were getting here — and assisting immigration-law enforcement in whatever way possible.

    Some advocates for immigration-law enforcement and border control, such as me, had statewide networks of like-minded people linked by e-mail. I was also linked to a national network of state groups and Washington, D.C., orgs. We linked with established networks in our states, such as the Eagle Forum and others, so we could send one e-mail to the head of another group and the head would pass it along to her or his group. We might not have had anything much in common other than immigration concerns, but we linked as Americans concerned for our country. We, or at least I, avoided known hate groups — true hate groups.

    We used these networks to help Republicans get elected and take the majority. Once they got the majority, most of these Republican politicians betrayed us. They lied to their voters. We got a few things out of them, but mainly they did tricks with bills. These politicians quickly donned collars leashed to the business lobby and have let this lobby lead them around.

    The solution now is to put enough conservative independents into office to form their own caucus. Independents must run as such on the local level as well. Beyond that, the solution is to cut off the money supply that is funding our destruction. We are the money supply.

    Most voters in Tennessee are not well-informed on state legislation. They just know something is wrong. Automatic voting for the R is the definition of insanity at this point.

  • Donna Locke says:

    In light, emphasizing “light” here, of the recent news about the hustlers at the Southern Poverty Law Center, I’d like to mention, if you don’t know, that the Center for Immigration Studies has filed a RICO lawsuit against the SPLC. Here is the link to CIS’s January announcement of this lawsuit:

  • Jason Wallflower says:

    This Griffey is kind of a whacko, isn’t he? Why is he not focused on REAL issues like job creation, lower taxes, and better schools?

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