Ending birthright citizenship would be a tax increase

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., supports ending birthright citizenship. So does Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the architect of the nation’s toughest anti-immigration state laws. But to eliminate the 14th Amendment’s automatic citizenship for anyone born on U.S. soil, they’d need to get past Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is a tax on every child being born,” Norquist said last week. “It solves no problems and instead creates all sorts of problems and costs in terms of Americans.” His comments came as the National Foundation for American Policy released a study showing that to establish citizenship for each child, parents would have to spend $600 to $1,000 on legal fees.