Donald Trump On Anchor Babies – “The Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Not Get Automatic Citizenship”

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Once again, Donald Trump has brought light to immigration policies, procedures, and loopholes that are oftentimes ignored by other politicians. The House has already passed into law the “Donald Trump Act” taking aim at what are now known as sanctuary cities. Now Trump is outraged about the legality of anchor babies.

Anchor babies is the common phrase used to describe children born of illegal immigrants. With the current interpretation of the fourteenth amendment, the Citizenship Clause, anyone born in the United States is a citizen along with their parents. However, with the actual wording of the clause this is not the case and should be changed, as Trump pointed out. The exact words of the fourteenth amendment reads as follows:

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.”

The line “subject to the jurisdiction of” creates the possibility of dozens of interpretations with different effects. To better understand this phrase in general, it is necessary to learn more about the time period in which it was written. The amendment was drafted by Senator Jacob Howard and passed in 1866. The paragraph surrounding the questionable sentence states that:

Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is, by virtue of natural law and national law, a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great issue in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.”

The bolded section is something commonly understated in most arguments and discussions over the legality of anchor babies. The main reason for the passing of this clause was to grant African Americans the privilege of being an American citizen without having to pass any test. The exclusionary lines were created so foreign diplomats would not be forced to have American children while they are serving their country in the United States.

As seen from these examples, the Constitution has been misconstrued in order to satisfy the desires of whoever seems to have the most power whether it be politically or persuasively. The perversion of the highest law of the land is not in accord with the Constitution, common law, nor common sense and therefore, birthright citizenship should be eliminated.


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