It seems like a no brainer. After all, it is written in the first sentence of the 14th amendment of the United States Constitution that anyone born in the United States is a citizen. How could anyone refute that? And everyone knows that it is almost impossible to change the constitution. It can take years, often decades to do so.
So how can Donald Trump and almost all the U.S. Republican presidential candidates say that they will end, probably in the next year or two, birthrights citizenship for babies born in the United States to illegal immigrants and to tourists? Are they just spinning and completely out of touch with reality?
Actually, they’re not. There is perhaps no other issue in immigration that is so misunderstood, misquoted and misexplained by just about everyone in the media than birthrights citizenship.
To understand the possible options for changing it outside of a constitutional proposal or convention, you need to read and understand every word in that first sentence of the 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”.… Read the rest