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Norquist backtracks on 'anchor baby' tax warning


Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is raising some eyebrows among conservative immigration-reform advocates for saying an end to birthright citizenship would be a “tax on every child born in America.”

Norquist now says it’s more of a fee than a tax but the burden to prove citizenship for every baby would still carry a financial burden for the family of every child born in the U.S.

“There’s only one vendor for that proof, the federal government. They can be pretty inefficient and they set their own price for this stuff.”

The National Foundation for American Policy published a study on Monday showing new parents would pay $600 to $1,000 in legal fees to establish citizenship for their children.

“We know what the price is now and you can see with clarity that it would increase for various reasons,” Norquist told WND.

Norquist tells us why that cost would apply to all births – not just those of suspected illegals – and why that cost would undoubtedly go much higher.

He also tells us whether supporters of ending birthright citizenship would be in violation of Norquist’s famed Taxpayer Protection Pledge.