Obama Hits Back At Trump's Claims He Can End Birthright Citizenship

Obama Hits Back At Trump's Claims He Can End Birthright Citizenship

Back in 2015, he expressed that he doesn't think people born in the U.S.to undocumented immigrants should be considered citizens. If a pregnant American woman is visiting Paris and gives birth before her baby boy was expected, is he a Frenchman because he was born in France?

Even better for the lucky foreign babies, when they turn 21 they can start applying for green cards to bring in their mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and Facebook friends to America.

The answer to all of these questions is: NO. Some pay huge amounts of money in order to travel to the USA and be housed, often in shady accommodations, while pregnant with the intent of birthing a child during their stay. Congratulations. Your son or daughter is now an American citizen. That should not confer automatic citizenship to a child they have while here in the country on a tourist visa, but that appears to be what is occurring.

To the average citizen, it is not as often quoted as the First Amendment or as contested as the Second Amendment, but the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution plays an imperative role in supporting the tightly-knit principles of American freedom and equality. And it's why birthright citizenship presents such an enormous hurdle for those that oppose it. Persons already alive should not lose their citizenship.

Top department officials resigned, saying the order violated the constitutional requirement that the president "take care that the laws be faithfully executed".

What may come as a surprise to self-proclaimed nationalists like Trump is that not only am I as American as the next citizen, but, in many ways, my story and the story of many other first-generation citizens is the American story that historian James Truslow Adams famously spelled out.

In recent years, many other countries have abandoned birthright citizenship. Given that about 250,000 babies in 2016 were born to non-citizen immigrant parents, the order would carry a significant impact if implemented. If a law is backed by a statute, then it can only be changed through another statute. They claim "birthright citizenship" is a right under our Constitution.

There are arguments on both sides. After all, there's a bright line drawn in the 14th Amendment itself and Supreme Court precedent stretching back to the 1898 case of USA vs Wong Kim Ark.

There's just one problem - the right to citizenship for all born there is enshrined in the U.S. constitution.

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Chief among these was the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery on December 6, 1865, seven months after the last battle of the Civil War and eight months after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. No one who debated and adopted the 14th amendment contemplated a large-scale influx of undocumented immigrants, or the rise of birth tourism.

While speaking at a campaign rally in Miami on Friday for Senate incumbent Bill Nelson and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, Obama argued that democracy and society can't work if there's no truth. The Confederacy was defeated in the Civil War. Nearly everyone present in the United States, even aliens, come within the jurisdiction of the United States. Then, there would never have been any confusion about which persons are American citizens. The 14th Amendment provides in part, "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".

Before any laws were created in the U.S. restricting immigration (beginning in the 1880s), it was not possible to distinguish AUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS from UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS because the borders were open for ALL IMMIGRANTS. Simply because a child is born in the United States does not mean that the parents are allowed to stay permanently.

"This clearly repudiated the Supreme Court's notorious 1857 Dred Scott decision, in which Chief Justice Roger Taney wrote that a black man, even if born free, could not claim rights of citizenship under the federal Constitution", according to the History Channel. His parents had returned to their own homeland in 1890, and he'd gone with them - but in the time since he'd established a transnational lifestyle. The 14th Amendment overturned it.

The 14th Amendment does have this curious phrase: "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof". As a policy matter, it is perverse that illegal immigrants win one of the world's great lotteries through their lawbreaking, by getting citizenship for their children.

No one wanted the ambassador from Someplace to start having American children just because his wife was living with him in the USA.

"It's insane. But we're getting it all worked out", he said assuring his supporters that he will work to end birthright citizenship.

Why not assume the same for foreign visitors to the USA?

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