Briefly summarize what problem the proponents of the proposed “Birthright Citizenship Amendment” say it will solve.

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The proponents of the Birthright Citizenship Amendment believe that the amendment would help to solve the problem of illegal immigration.

The proposed amendment would end the US's policy of granting automatic citizenship to every child that is born in the United States.  Proponents argue that people come to the US illegally and have babies that become "anchor babies."  Since the babies are American citizens, proponents say, the families become harder to deport.  This encourages illegal immigration because it gives families an easy way to improve their chances of staying in the country.

Proponents say that we should revoke this right.  If we do, they say, fewer people would come to the US illegally because having children here would no longer "anchor" them.

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