That’s all that needs to be said. This is a monumental step forward in an immigration debate that has stalled and sputtered for decades. Via Fox News:
President Trump said in a newly released interview he plans to sign an executive order ending so-called “birthright citizenship” for babies of non-citizens born on U.S. soil — a move that would mark a major overhaul of immigration policy and trigger an almost-certain legal battle.
Birthright citizenship allows any baby born on U.S. soil to automatically be a U.S. citizen.
The policy, which stems from a disputed but long-recognized interpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given rise to what Trump considers abuse of the immigration system. Trump told “Axios on HBO” that the U.S. is 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.”
Despite Trump’s claim, the U.S. is not the only nation to have birthright citizenship, but the policy is rare outside of the Americas. Trump called birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and said that “it has to end.”
Under current policy, anyone born in the U.S. – regardless of whether they are delivered by a non-citizen or undocumented immigrant – is considered a citizen. The interpretation has been blamed for so-called ‘birth tourism’ and chain migration.
The 14th Amendment 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.”
Trump, should he pursue the executive order, would face court challenges, and it remains unclear whether he could prevail. Many legal scholars would argue such a change requires a constitutional amendment. But some conservatives argue the existing amendment holds room for interpretation.
Take a look at this article I wrote a few months back regarding the interpretation of the 14th amendment for more insight. The debate portion of this is that the 14th amendment does not explicitly say one way or the other whether it should be legal for non-citizens (or invaders) and there was historical precedence which would suggest illegals were NOT included in it. As you would of course hope and expect, but sadly that has not been the case historically here. Those against Trump’s executive order will say he cannot put an EO on something that isn’t technically law in this direction either.
Regardless if one thinks he can or cannot this will force the issue to make longstanding change to a broken immigration policy. I’ve posted a video from Styxhexenhammer down below that expounds on this nicely. In order to have a functioning country we need to be a nation of laws. Laws that are upheld and followed. Birth tourism, where people from other countries vacation here with the specific intent of having a baby here who is then a citizen and can then be used to gain citizenship themselves, is a huge industry. Do we really think that people intent on breaking our laws from the beginning, literally from birth, will make upstanding citizens in the long term? Seriously?
Of course not. This should discourage a multitude of wannabe pseudo-Americans to try in the first place, which is a huge first step in stopping the problem. Couple this with a wall, ending chain migration in general, and slowing down legal immigration to a trickle will all greatly improve the lives of AMERICAN citizens. The people who, you know, should be the main priority of every politician running for office here in AMERICA.
Bravo to President Trump, yet again, for standing up against the mob and bully tactics of the mainstream media. Politicians have caved for far too long to sad images of children on TV or the moral “outrage” from hysterical leftists. It takes a real leader to ignore the noise, ignore the hysteria, and do what’s right, even if it paints a bigger target on his back.