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Sen. Dahm files bills to support border states, prohibit anchor baby citizenship in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed multiple bills aimed at preventing and disincentivizing illegal immigration.

“Just because this invasion of illegal aliens isn’t on the news anymore doesn’t mean it has been solved,” Dahm said. “Quite the contrary, it is as bad as it has ever been. These bills will not only provide support – both financially and physically – to border states, but also remove one of the biggest incentives for illegals invading.”

Senate Bill 53 would prevent babies born to illegal aliens from receiving automatic citizenship in Oklahoma. The bill would require each birth certificate for a child born in Oklahoma to include the citizenship of the parents. If neither of the parents are citizens of the United States, the child will not be granted U.S. or Oklahoma citizenship.

“On this day in 1823, the state of Georgia enacted the first birth registration law,” Dahm said. “Gradually, other states followed suit. In addition, the Constitution states that you are a citizen of the United States and the state wherein you reside. History and the constitution show us that this is clearly a state issue.”

“Rewarding people with the rights of citizenship when they’ve broken our laws is absurd,” Dahm said. “It’s a slap in the face to those attempting to enter our country and gain citizenship legally, and it provides a perverse incentive to those wishing to skirt the system.”

SB 47 would allow the governor to send the Oklahoma National Guard to help states along the southern border and to provide extra security.

“Several states have already sent their law enforcement personnel to help secure the border,” Dahm said. “This will clarify existing law to ensure the governor has additional authority to send members of the National Guard to those border states that need the support.”

SB 50 would send federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds to border states to help build and strengthen the wall on the southern border.

“While the rogue regime in Washington is spending billions of dollars to help Ukraine or secure the borders of other countries, our border is wide open,” Dahm said. “The border states are willing to do the job, but they need additional resources.”


For more information, contact: Sen. Nathan Dahm at 405-521-5551 or email