Harry Reid Tried to Restrict Birthright Citizenship in 1993

by Stephen Spruiell

Earlier today Kerry Picket of The Washington Times called out Harry Reid for introducing a bill in 1993 that would have restricted birthright citizenship to children born to mothers legally present in the United States. Reid’s office subsequently called it to Greg Sargent’s attention that Reid apologized in 2006 for ever supporting this idea. Actually, Reid apologized for supporting legislation to “to close the borders between Mexico and the United States; in effect, stop people from coming across our borders to the United States,” which is not the same thing. But the speech was so rambling and incoherent that Reid can plausibly claim to have repudiated every position he ever held on immigration that conflicts with whatever he’s advocating now.

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