The End of Birthright Citizenship
February 6, 2019
Birthright citizenship is the automatic granting of United States citizenship to any child born in the US. The 14th Amendment currently grants this right to any child, without regard to their resident status.
President Trump has claimed to be preparing an executive order to revoke birthright citizenship. Opponents to this proposed order claim that repelling this right is in direct violation of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. However, Vice President Pence argues that the Supreme Court has never ruled whether the amendment applies to undocumented immigrants.
The 14th Amendment Debate
The 14th Amendment currently reads, “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.”
However, some debate currently centers around the language of this amendment. President Trump argues that this clause has never been officially defined by the Supreme Court. As such, he has proposed an executive order to end birthright citizenship in the United States.
Legal experts feel that there is no evidence connecting birthright citizenship to an increase of immigrants in the country, and doing away with birthright citizenship will do very little to deter unauthorized immigrants from entering the country. In fact, evidence supports that many migrate to the United States to better their lives and increase their job opportunities, not to ensure that unborn children will be made automatic citizens.
The consequences of eliminating this right is thought to have many potential negatives for the United States, including:
- Increasing the undocumented population by almost 5 million by 2050
- Doubling the population of unauthorized residents under 18 years old
- Limited access to health care, education, and legal services to children born to undocumented immigrants
Will My Children Be Deported?
Needless to say, many parents are afraid for their children already born in the United States, not to mention those that may be born in the future. Although it may not be possible to predict what the future holds, some feel that President Trump’s proposal to use an executive order to deny US birthright citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants holds little weight. It is further predicted that this order will have little to no support by Congress or the Supreme Court.
Additionally, reinterpreting or changing the language of the 14th Amendment will be a lengthy process, and will have to include complicated matters, including:
- Defining how far down family lineage this proposal would reach
- How the U.S. would handle the deportation of potentially millions of new immigrants
- How losing contributing members of society would impact the United States economy
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