Do You Support Ending Birthright Citizenship? [POLL]
Donald Trump has brought up the issue of birthright citizenship and now that is what the media is talking about. Trump, and other Republicans argue that the 14th Amendment does not guarantee citizenship to babies born in the United States to parents of illegal immigrants. Others disagree according to Yahoo.
The U.S. Constitution has guaranteed U.S. citizenship to people born on United States soil, regardless of their parents’ nationality, since the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868. The amendment was designed to make sure that Americans of African ancestry were guaranteed U.S. citizenship — and attendant rights — after the Civil War and to reverse the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court decision of 1857, which declared that no American blacks, slave or free, had U.S. citizenship or the right to fight for their freedom in U.S. courts.
The 14th Amendment’s first sentence reads, “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.”
In 1898 the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, that everyone born in the United States is an American citizen.
Some of the Republican candidates agree with Trump including Ben Carson and Rand Paul. Other candidates like Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, and Jeb Bush support birthright citizenship.
What do you think?