But there's no avoiding the fact that my day job has a strong influence on the way I view President Donald Trump's announced decision to get rid of birthright citizenship, something which has been fairly settled law for over a century.
Where the USA differs from many European countries is that its application of jus soli is unconditional (except in the case of foreign diplomats) and granted to any child born on American soil, regardless of their parents' legal status. But acting attorney general Lindsey O. Graham said Trump's order overrode Article II, Section III of the Constitution. It would be absurd to apply the order to a past date.
Pew points out that it's important to keep in mind that the immigration status of parents can change over time. "In addition, I plan to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from President". "They're full citizens", he said. Donald Trump's vow to remove the right to citizenship to babies born in the United States to immigrants and non-citizens has an unexpected bioethical angle. "And it has to end". Only 37 percent said they supported ending "birthright citizenship". The Center for Immigration Studies roughly estimates about 36,000 of these "anchor" babies annually.
Opponents of birthright citizenship today aren't trying to prevent legal immigrants from re-entering the country if they visit their homelands, though, or to exclude entire racial groups.
One can not look at a baby and not recognize the hopes and dreams that child's parent has for their infant. The remaining 45% live with one undocumented parent and another who is here legally. In the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, the Supreme Court ruled that a child born to parents of Chinese nationality-who at the time had a permanent domicile and residence in the United States-automatically became a U.S. citizen.
The only people not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States are diplomats and ambassadors, who are entitled to diplomatic immunity and are not required to follow most American laws. With Trump also sending troops to the US border to stop a slow-moving group of refugees and asylum-seekers walking through Mexico from Central America - FLOC members "worry that he could line up the immigrants at the border and shoot them". You're a dictator who we hate and who's against us.
This creation of new definitions of illegality and non-citizens only adds to the specter of the "violent immigrant" that Trump has further entrenched in conservative Americans. Trump argues that he is empowered to make changes with an executive order. As not just illegal immigrants, but even legal immigrants without a Green Card, would come under its purview. One version begins, "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out", and ends with "Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me". That would be altering the 14th Amendment which makes no exception for the children that were born by illegal immigrants in this country. "Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!"
Only around 30 other countries allow similar "jus soli", or "right of the soil", citizenship; most at least require one or both parents to also be citizens. While their lawsuit complains that the Trump administration is violating a settlement agreement the Clinton administration entered in 1997 by detaining aliens in tent cities, the plaintiffs are not being held in those temporary shelters: again, they are not even physically in the United States yet. Break the family up? "As the banners say at his rallies - 'Promises Made, Promises Kept.' He said during his 2016 Presidential campaign that comprehensive immigration reform is absolutely necessary - an issue that previous Presidents and Congress have shunned - so he's making it happen", said Seth Grossman, the Republican candidate for Congress in NJ's 2 District.