Stacey Campfield has introduced SB 0132, which denies birth certificates to babies whose parents aren't here legally.
Too bad for Campfield that President Bush back in 2004 passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. This was a sweeping change to federal law that came about in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and was designed to make it harder for terrorists to hide in our country.
The act, which implements many of the recommendations of the 9/11 committee, has a section 7211, which sets the minimum standards states must adhere to when issuing birth certificates. States (or local governments) must issue birth certificates to "an individual (regardless of where born) who is a citizen or national of the United States at birth," and those birth certificates must meet certain federal requirements.
Since we have the 14th Amendment, kids born here are U.S. citizens and Tennessee is required by federal law to issue them birth certificates. And why do those certificates have to meet certain standards? To make it harder for terrorists to forge their own.
But, hey, if Campfield thinks the feds are too hard on terrorists, that's good for Tennesseans to know, right?