Birthright Citizenship

Janny Oh, Opinion Editor

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“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits,” said President Donald Trump.

Despite what the President says, more than thirty countries practice this birthright citizenship. However, the United States receives the most immigrants per year out of all those countries.

Getting rid of birthright citizenship was previously seen in France, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Other areas of the world distributed citizenship based on the nationality of parents, current citizenship of the parents or through other circumstances.

President Trump stated that he is preparing an executive order that would void the Constitutional right of birthright citizenship in the United States. This is likely to require more than a presidential order to nullify.

Since this action would be directly contradicting the 14th Amendment, which clearly states, “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.”

Many are complaining about the abuse of presidential power.

“We all cherish the language of the 14th Amendment, but the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether the language of the 14th Amendment — ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ — applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally,” Vice President Mike Pence stated in an interview

His announcement was made only days before midterm congressional elections. It is believed that he made this announcement in order to connect with his supporters by controlling immigrants and immigration, but his true intention can not be determined.