President Trump blasted the anchor baby policies of the United States at a forum in West Virginia on Friday. He told the forum that the United States grants automatic citizenship to every baby born within the jurisdiction of the country, regardless of the legal status of the parents.
“If you have a baby on our land, congratulations. That baby is a United States citizen. We’re the only one,” Trump said to the forum.
“Now Mexico has very tough policies. They can do whatever they want, which is the way it should be. You’re violating something very sacred. You’re violating a border.”
Proponents of birthright citizenship (anchor babies) often cite the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires the policy, basing their conclusions on judicial interpretation that has vastly expanded the protections of the amendment.
The Supreme Court, however, has never ruled that the children of illegal aliens must be granted automatic citizenship and many legal scholars dispute the idea that anchor babies must be given citizenship. Anchor baby proponents use an oft-repeated citation of the 1898 Wong Kim Ark Supreme Court case as reason that the United States must allow anchor baby policies to continue. The decision did not cover illegal alien children as proponents claim, it only decided citizenship of children from legal aliens within the United States.
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