President Trump once again questioned the interpretation of the 14th Amendment, the constitutional amendment that established birthright citizenship. The amendment was written to protect the children of newly freed slaves so that their citizenship, personhood, and freedom could not be challenged. However, a loose interpretation over the years has allowed any person, including a child of illegal immigrants, to obtain citizenship if they are born in the United States. While legal questions remain (as the Supreme Court has never ruled on birthright citizenship with regards to a child of illegal immigrants, which is central to Trump's challenge of its current interpretation), thousands of illegal immigrants have taken advantage of birthright citizenship by either traveling to the U.S. while pregnant or having a child while illegal. Both are attempts to abuse current law to create an entryway into the country for individuals who otherwise could not obtain permanent legal status. These...
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