OPINION: Although Birthright Citizenship Is A Double-Edged Sword, Don’t Even Try To Defy The Constitution, President Trump.
Then Senator of Nevada Harry Reid once said: “If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right? Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country illegally to give birth to a child – we reward that child with US citizenship and guarantee full access to all public & social services.”
This was in reference to birthright citizenship, a type of naturalization through which one can be born in the U.S, regardless of legitimate status, and dodges the risk of legal consequences. This has been an issue for decades, as the question has been asked by congressional leaders, but has not been answered.
On Tuesday morning, Axios released a snippet of its exclusive interview with President Trump, who has shown his strict immigration policies with actions against TPS, DACA, and his envy for a border wall. In the interview, Trump said he plans to use his executive power to strip away the right “to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil.”
The term ‘anchor babies’, babies who were born in the U.S with illegal immigrant parents, has been thrown around ever since it began, both from Democrats and Republicans. This causes an even bigger problem when, after born, foreign national recipients of these babies are allowed to bring in relatives associated with them, a problem President Trump has brought up numerous times.
NOTE: Though critics have pointed out, First Lady Melania Trump’s parents were naturalized this year, but NOT due to the chain migration process.
There are currently 4.5 million anchor babies living in the United States, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. This, of course, is a problem.
What we ought to ask ourselves is, should we to offer citizenship to every baby born here? You’d assume that the vast majority does, as I do, that children born here with non-citizens should not get citizenship automatically, but children born to permanent residents and legal immigrants, rightfully should.
Not so fast. While the idea of gaining automatic citizenship through birth illegally is somewhat dumbfounding, it’s been questioned as to whether or not they are protected by the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
“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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Here’s where the analysis goes both ways. For one, illegal immigrants are non-citizens, making them not American, and therefore not protected by the Constitution. On the other hand, legal experts have said in the past that, since their child is now a permanent resident, that, therefore, both the illegal alien parents and child have now been naturalized, escaping a deportation route.
Take it from the words of Republican intellectual Ronald Reagan: “You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won’t become a German or a Turk.”
It is simply a complete disrespectful, negligent insult to those who rightfully, apply, patiently wait for a ridiculous amount of time, and are then admitted as an American citizen, vying them a ‘legal immigrant’. As did my parents from Mexico, both hard-working, dedicated, and loving entrepreneurs running successful businesses that took more than 25 years, with a history of incessant work days (still the case) trying to better my life and pay for my education.
It took them up to three-four years to be finally admitted. Insanity.
But, President Trump, do not even try to bend the Constitution of the United States. As a Constitutional conservative, an attempt to disregard the most important piece of legislation and law put into place by our Founding Fathers, for a particular purpose, would be ridiculous and would be catastrophic to your base.
No, he is not a hater-in-chief, nor racist, nor xenophobic, nor Islamophobic. However, his decision over this issue will divide the nation even further. This poses a massive threat to the GOP, especially before the midterms. Republican lawmakers will now have to decide whether or not they support or oppose this policy decision, further increasing or worsening their chances of re-election (if applicable).
President Trump, re-evaluate the situation and don’t even stab at challenging the Constitution.
Jorge Velasco is the Founder and CEO of theDailyLead.