Birthright Citizenship

By Savanah Shelley

President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens. “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits,” Trump stated. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” To accomplish the idea, Mr. Trump would have to find a way around the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. The 14 Amendment states, “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.” Some people are arguing that this would violate the 14th Amendment; however, in my opinion, the 14th Amendment is meant to apply only to citizens and legal residents, not immigrants who are in this country without authorization. It is morally wrong to come into this country illegally and have a child just so your offspring can automatically become a legal U.S. citizen. This idea would be good because it could lower the amount of illegal immigrants coming into the country since they would not be able to just have a child in the U.S. for them to become legal. It could also make more people legally and properly become citizens of the U.S.

The Constitution should not require that birthright citizenship be extended to undocumented individuals, and Congress could pass a law denying it to them, so why not do that?