(TheRedWire.com) – This week former President Trump pledged that if he were to return to office he would issue an executive order which would prohibit birthright citizenship. Following this announcement, many pro-immigration advocates quickly pointed out that during his first term in office Trump had never pursued that idea and had only toyed with it. However, following the increase in radical anti-immigrant rhetoric there are many who fear that Trump might actually end up going through with his threat.
David Leopold, legal adviser to America’s Voice, an immigration advocacy group stated that Trump’s statements were “nice talking points” for “white nationalists and extremists” and that the Republican primary is likely going to be heavily focused on immigration and the border. He said there will be increased discussions about “invasions” and statements that fall into extremist “dangerous, anti-semitic, racist rhetoric.”
Many are concerned that the GOP primary is going to shape up to be a race of who has the most extreme position on immigration, and that whoever ends up getting elected will likely feel that they need to act on their statements.
The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution grants birthright citizenship to all those “born or naturalized in the United States.” There are many who have argued against birthright citizenship claiming that undocumented immigrants who give birth in the country should not have their children receive citizenship just because they were born in the country.
Trump is currently one of the most high-profile figures to support the end of birthright citizenship.
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