Anchor babies away! Congress eyes 180-degree turn | Representative calls for hearings, decision on immigration laws

By Eugene J. Koprowski | WorldNetDaily

A U. S. congressman says the new Republican majority in the House will have a series of hearings on the issue of “anchor babies,” and the resulting decision is predicted by a law professor to reveal how the 112th Congress will make a “180-degree turn on immigration.”

Steve King, R-Iowa

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, told WND the issue over the newborn children of illegal aliens who come into the United States – and whether they then can bring in their extended family legally through the citizenship acquired by the newborn – will be discussed in the hearings.

It was Scott F. Cooper, partner and managing attorney in the Troy, Mich., office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy and a part-time professor of constitutional law, who said, “This is a preview of how the next Congress will be making a 180-degree turn on immigration policy.”

King said, “We need to set up a committee schedule, listen to testimony, and gather other data to craft well-informed legislation. There’s been a lot of scholarship on this problem that needs to be entered into the public record and acted on.

“This is something that will be a priority for the new Congress, something we need to position ourselves and move on quickly,” he said.

The hearing schedule won’t be set until the GOP takes the reins of the House on Jan. 3, said King.

But instead of the so-called DREAM Act that would create new paths to citizenship, legal status in the United States and other options for those who broke the law to enter the nation, the plan is for a bill that would ban anchor babies, he said. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say as part of their Democrat agenda they still are committed to the DREAM act.

But the new proposal will be developed as the testimony reveals the facts about the situation, King said.

King said the preliminary information that he has seen reveals the problem of anchor babies could be costing the U. S. “hundreds of millions of dollars per year” in medical costs alone for hospitals in border states like Arizona.

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