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96 million dollars that's what it cost the state of Texas to provide health -- to be almost two million illegal aliens living there.
Each year an additional 60000 babies are born to illegals and thanks to the fourteenth amendment of the US constitution.
Those children automatically become US citizens.
Right now now one state lawmaker -- Texas wants to change that law in that state Texas State representative Leo Berman joins us.
We -- why now why this amendment.
Brian it's costing Texas some five billion dollars a year to take care of illegal aliens in our state.
And it's the greatest incentive.
For women across the border illegally checked into a Texas hospital.
Received prenatal care give birth -- a hospital nothing done and and be rewarded with the US citizenship by our federal government for their benefits and so -- the greatest attraction to make people cross the sudden border illegally.
And -- giving citizenship to the child of the parent who is committing a crime against the United States.
The fourteenth amendment doesn't guarantee automatic citizenship in fact.
I've got -- copy the congressional record from 1866.
Any author of the fourteenth amendment said this does not apply to foreigners.
He couldn't be any clearer.
And the way to resolve this problem is -- to have that have the United States congress.
Pass a bill clarifying the meaning of the fourteenth amendment or.
At the state level I'm introducing a bill which will prohibit the state of Texas.
From issuing a birth certificate to the child -- the illegal aliens from him instead there will be given a notice of birth with instructions to take it to their local.
Consulate or embassy right to receive reverts to the gift from the country of their parents' -- We'll be sued immediately if that bill passes and that's exactly what we're looking for.
That's right you would like to see this bill.
Your bill go through and then be challenged so that it winds up before the Supreme Court so that they ultimately answer the question whether or not.
Children born to illegals are automatically.
Become American citizens because Leo as as you know as a student of history you know that.
Fourteenth amendment -- referred to when they're talking about children talking about children of slaves.
Stayed there -- -- -- fourteenth amendment was ratified -- year 1868.
For one purpose it was in gratified to ensure that the children of former slaves.
Born in the United States through new US citizens has nothing to do with the illegal aliens more.
Even illegal aliens who -- purchasing 5000 dollar packages.
So -- citizenship is up for sale for 5000 dollars war.
If you come across the border illegally and give birth the United States.
You can receive it that way and is making a mockery out of US citizenship real quick congressman tell me right now how much support you god.
-- on the Republican side Brian I've got all kinds of support.
I think we can get it -- on the Republican side and I think we're gonna have a pretty big Republican majority.
As we go into the next session in Texas which begins next January and of course if it does one of passing there in Texas it'll be challenged next thing you know the Supreme Court and it could affect people all across country.
Leo Berman a state legislator from down in Texas sir thanks very much for joining us today from Austin.
Steve it's great to be with you thank you great to have you as well all right.
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