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S. 301 (113th): Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 13, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 301


February 13, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013 .


Citizenship at birth for certain persons born in the United States


In general

Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1401) is amended—


by inserting (a) In general.— before The following;


by redesignating subsections (a) through (h) as paragraphs (1) through (8), respectively, and indenting such paragraphs, as redesignated, an additional 2 ems to the right; and


by adding at the end the following:



Acknowledging the right of birthright citizenship established by section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, a person born in the United States shall be considered ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of the United States for purposes of subsection (a)(1) only if the person is born in the United States and at least 1 of the person’s parents is—


a citizen or national of the United States;


an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States whose residence is in the United States; or


an alien performing active service in the armed forces (as defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code).




The amendment made by subsection (a)(3) may not be construed to affect the citizenship or nationality status of any person born before the date of the enactment of this Act.