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Birthright Citizenship Becoming Major 2024 Issue

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2023
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As the worst border crisis in American history continues to spiral out of control, the longstanding debate on the question of birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens—which often goes overlooked in immigration policy disputes—is quickly resurfacing as a major issue in the 2024 presidential election. In 2018, former President Donald Trump first floated the idea of ending the current practice of granting automatic citizenship to the children of illegal aliens born on U.S. soil—proposing to do so via executive order. As Trump argued at the time, this grant of birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens was a major incentive for illegal immigration. In May, Trump pledged that he would follow through on that executive order on day one if he is re-elected in 2024. “This policy [birthright citizenship] is a reward for breaking the laws of the United States and is obviously a magnet, helping draw the flood of illegals across our borders,” Trump stated in a policy video. “The United States is among the only countries in the world that says that even if neither parent is a citizen nor even lawfully in the country, their future children are automatic citizens the moment the parents trespass onto our soil. As has been laid out by many scholars, this current policy is based on a historical myth, and a willful misinterpretation of the law by the open borders advocates.” As Trump notes in the video, some scholars argue that the constitutional basis for birthright citizenship is virtually nonexistent. As Hillsdale College professor and former Trump White House official Michael Anton put it in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, “the entire case for birthright citizenship is based on a deliberate misreading of the 14th Amendment.” Anton further notes, “The purpose of that amendment was to resolve the question of citizenship for newly freed slaves.” But today, the provisions of the amendment have since been distorted by the left and broadened beyond its original scope. The practice of granting birthright citizenship to illegal aliens, Anton concluded, is an “absurdity—historically, constitutionally, philosophically and practically.” Proponents of automatic citizenship for the children of illegal alien often insist that efforts to outlaw the practice are unconstitutional because the Supreme Court previously ruled in its favor. But this reasoning is again a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts. As legal scholar Edward Erler noted in a 2015 op-ed, “There has never been an explicit holding by the Supreme Court that the children of illegal aliens are automatically accorded birthright citizenship.” In the 1898 Supreme Court case United States vs. Wong Kim Ark, which liberals often cite as proof of the practice’s supposed basis in the Constitution, the Court ruled that children of legal immigrants were entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment. The Court’s ruling, however, did not apply to illegal aliens. The onus for clarifying the original meaning of the 14th Amendment, then, falls on the other two branches of government—and could likely be most efficiently achieved through executive order. “Such an order would, of course, immediately be challenged in the courts,” Anton stipulated in his Post op-ed. “But officers in all three branches of government—the president no less than judges—take similar oaths to defend the Constitution. Why shouldn’t the president act to defend the clear meaning of the 14th Amendment?” In his May policy video, Donald Trump pledged to do precisely this if he returns to the Oval Office as the 47th President. “I will sign an executive order making clear to federal agencies that under the correct interpretation of the law, going forward, the future children of illegal aliens will not receive automatic U.S. citizenship,” Trump said. “My policy will choke off a major incentive for continued illegal immigration, deter more migrants from coming, and encourage many of the aliens Joe Biden has unlawfully let into our country to go back to their home countries.” Since Trump’s policy announcement in May, other presidential hopefuls—including Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Nikki Haley—have followed suit, signaling voters’ growing discontent with Joe Biden’s open-borders radicalism and the increasing awareness among Republican leaders that birthright citizenship can, and should, be brought to an end. As the Republican primary season advances, debates over the legality and political practicality of ending birthright citizenship are almost certain to intensify. And come January 2025, a Republican president could be in a position to finally end the practice, restore American sovereignty, and faithfully uphold the principles of the Constitution. Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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Granny26
Granny26
10 months ago

If a pregnant woman comes to US illegally and has her baby, still should not make either of them citizens. They are both illegal…and I’m tired of my taxes being raised continually to pay for illegals and their medical among everything else.

P. Hoffman
P. Hoffman
10 months ago

My grandfather applied for citizenship more than once when America actually had an immigration policy.
We need to adhere to stringent rules when it applies to people that “come” to America and not let everyone in just because politicians need votes!

Rachel
Rachel
10 months ago

Finally a Presidential candidate has stated they would stop Anchor babies. The Constitution does not state that if an illegal or a visitor to the USA has a baby here that it will have citizenship. No other country in the world allows this kind of process. It must be stopped.

legally present
legally present
10 months ago

Do all of you know that illegal aliens give us over 500,000 NEW citizens every year, it’s easy to check, just google it.
PLUS the illegal alien Mother and child immediately receive Medicaid, WIC, and many other things because she had one “citizen” on American soil.

Cross
Cross
10 months ago

If you were Born Legally in the United States you are a Native American period .. One of many things Destroying this country are the Communist democrats and the Hyphenation of Americans .. Country First Ethnicity Second. AMERICAN ITALIAN get it now !
Illegal is Illeagl pregnant and having her baby does not give either one citizenship.. SHUT THE BORDERS TRAITOR JOE and The Communist Demonrats Plus TERM LIMITS

granky
granky
10 months ago

This was not a problem until the democrats opened the floodgates. If they can’t do away with voter id, the next best thing is anchor babies.

anna hubert
anna hubert
10 months ago

citizenship of the mother is the citizenship of the baby What is there to not understand?

Jackie
Jackie
10 months ago

I don’t think we will ever know how many illegals there are in this country because of the open border policies of this administration!! I would estimate 50 million or more because those who slip through the holes in the border and just walk right on in without any contact with any border patrol! Who is caring for these millions? Are they getting services that they don’t deserve? Are they applying for citizenship or will they wander aimlessly around the country getting into trouble, committing crimes, birthing anchor babies!!
We have immigration laws!! If the powers that be in Washington don’t like those laws, change them to something better for our country, not illegals!! But no one in Washington is brave enough to tackle the immigration laws!! It’s extremely sad that our President doesn’t want to apply and enforce the law of the land!! Remember what Nancy keeps saying, “No one is above the law!” but that doesn’t seem to apply to Democrats or illegals!!!!

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
10 months ago

Our Framers obviously didn’t mean “birthright citizenship” to be run in this way. We need SCOTUS to so rule if they are “originalists.”

Kris Lloyd, Sr
Kris Lloyd, Sr
10 months ago

AMEN! and AMEN!

FedUp
FedUp
10 months ago

Lets not forget. Once the anchor baby is here, the entire family can then come in, and once that family is here, they can bring in more immediate family.

Kitty Corbett
Kitty Corbett
10 months ago

Not to forget, Barack Hussein Obama was foreign born to a Kenyan father (according to his birth certificate) and was no way a natural born citizen. He never should have been elected president.

Annie
Annie
10 months ago

HE ISNT ILLEGAL YOU MORON, NOR WAS HE AN ANCHOR BABY. YOU ARE A DUMBASS

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