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Coalition of state lawmakers target birthright citizenship


A coalition of state lawmakers is collaborating on legislation to "correct" the 14th Amendment and deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in the United States.

The coalition, known as State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), includes lawmakers from 40 state legislatures, according to its founder, Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl D. Metcalfe (R-Butler).

Ever since its ratification in 1868, the 14th Amendment of the Constitution has been interpreted as giving birthright citizenship to everyone born in the United States, with the exception of children of foreign diplomats.

SSLI hopes to "correct the monumental misapplication of the 14th Amendment" with legislation it unveiled Wednesday morning.

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