The President Believes Birthright Citizenship Should End. Is He Right?



On Wednesday, the President announced he’s looking “very seriously” into the law allowing birthright citizenship.

Mr. Trump is considering an executive order.


Presently, any child born in the United States is granted citizenship by the Fourteenth Amendment, even if the parents are illegal immigrants.

Trump has previously expressed his disagreement with the practice — speaking to Axios in 2018, he called it “ridiculous.” It “has to end,” he said.

On Wednesday, he explained that the White House is “very seriously” considering a measure against it.

“We’re looking at that very seriously — birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border and have a baby. Congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. We’re looking at it very, very seriously. … We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously. It’s, frankly, ridiculous.”

For more on the history of the issue, see Elizabeth’s Vaughn’s piece here.

I live on the West Coast, where birthright citizenship is employed with regularity. Is it a just establishment? The idea, it seems to me, makes sense — you’re a citizen of the place in which you were born. After all, “Native American” really refers to us all — any and all who were born in America. That word — native — has meaning because one’s birthplace, the world has told us, is significant.

But what happens when it’s abused? When people from other countries feel invited to break one law in order to enjoy the benefits of another? Does that make it a law not worth keeping, or is its undoing wholly unAmerican?


As Elizabeth points out, the number of births to illegal immigrants is presently estimated at 6-7.5% of all births in the country.

What do you think of the law? Is it right for anyone born in America to claim it as home? Or should citizenshp be dictated by parental status?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the Comments section.



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