Birthright Citizenship

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Birthright Citizenship

Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America.


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Birthright citizenship is the legal right to be a citizen in a country regardless of the person’s parentage. Ever since July 9, 1868, birthright citizenship has been in place. Birthright citizenship is part of the 14th amendment which addresses equal protection of laws and citizenship rights. In section one of the 14th amendment of the Constitution it says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”

Recently our president, Donald Trump, has vowed to put forth an executive order to end birthright citizenship. When being interviewed on HBO’s AXIOS, President Trump stated, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” This statement is false: Canada, Mexico, and 30 other countries have some degree of birthright citizenship (politifact.com).

However, others have contradicted President Trump’s comments. Many legal experts say that you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order. House speaker Paul Ryan blatantly said, “You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.” Not to mention, there is a 1952 statute (8 U.S. Code § 1401) that says, “The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth: (a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

In conclusion, some republicans agree with President Trump and most democrats have been disagreeing lately with our President’s comments. Only the future will tell whether or not birthright citizenship will end. Most sources say that you cannot because of the legal baggage. For example, politifact.com said, “And most legal experts agree that birthright citizenship is bolstered by both the Constitution and by statute,” and “Legal scholars added that the longstanding application of birthright citizenship is itself a strong argument for keeping it in place.”

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