So, birthright citizenship has been very much in the news as of late, with President Donald Trump saying he’s planning to end birthright citizenship — the policy of conferring American citizenship on anyone born on American soil no matter what the legal status of their parents — by executive order.
“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,” Donald Trump told Axios in an interview late last month, announcing he planned to end the policy.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” he added.
Some scholars would disagree, although we’ll get to that in a minute. College students generally aren’t constitutional scholars. They’ve also got notoriously hilarious opinions on all things Donald Trump — something that would be even funnier if it didn’t make your blood boil.
I’m not sure whether these individuals knew about as much about The Daily Caller as they do about birthright citizenship or the interviewer simply didn’t announce where she was from. I’d say the former, given the fact these are people not given to reading anything that doesn’t involve whatever text is on the screen of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
However, the whole thing might be best summed up by the very first millennial when she was asked whether she supported Trump’s proposed repeal of birthright citizenship: “I’m not a Trump supporter and do not support a lot of his policies.”
Note the pause before she says that and the thinly concealed rictus of bewilderment. I could give 50-to-1 odds that she couldn’t explain birthright citizenship and even if we could go back in time and try to get her to explain it without looking it up on her phone, I guarantee you I couldn’t get any takers.
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