- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 10, 2015

A conservative immigration group is pushing back against calls to end birthright citizenship and for the mass deportation of people living illegally in the United States.

Daniel Garza, executive director of The Libre Initiative, said in a letter this week that ending the policy granting automatic citizenship to almost everyone born in the U.S. and deporting the millions living in the country illegally would “intrude on the lives of law-abiding Americans, or impose an unwarranted cost on the taxpayers.”

“Such proposals are not in line with our principles and are not in the best interest of our country,” Mr. Garza said

Mr. Garza called for “reasonable” enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

The issue of immigration has been a hot topic in the 2016 GOP nomination race, thanks in large part to real estate mogul Donald Trump. Last month, Mr. Trump pushed the issue of birthright citizenship to the forefront of the race and promised to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it, all part of his six-page crackdown plan.

Others, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have since suggested that elected leaders might want to rethink birthright citizenship.

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