If you are born in the United States, you are a U.S. citizen. This is known as birthright citizenship — a right that has been at the heart of American identity since the Reconstruction Era.
In an interview with Axios last week, President Donald Trump announced that he intends to issue an executive order putting an end to birthright citizenship. With the termination of birthright citizenship, children born on U.S. soil from undocumented immigrants would no longer be protected by the constitutional rights that extend to those who were born of parents with U.S. citizenship.
This course of action would serve as yet another toxic addition to Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. It would appear that Trump and his supporters interpret “Make America Great Again” as synonymous with “Make America Nativist Again.” Trump supporters claim to cherish the core values of conservatism that made this country great, yet they expose their own hypocrisy through their support for this executive order. There’s an elephant in the room and it is not the GOP mascot. It is the 14th Amendment.
The 14th Amendment clearly states that “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.”
Killing birthright citizenship is downright unconstitutional. Trump only holds respect for the Constitution when it conveniently benefits his worldview. He has no problem keeping the Second Amendment locked and loaded as the crutch of his argument against gun control, yet when it comes to the 14th Amendment, the U.S. Constitution is treated as if it were nothing more than mere tobacco paper. This is not the only instance in which the consistency of Trumpism goes up in smoke.
Ironically, Trump criticized former President Barack Obama’s executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, for being unconstitutional. This self-serving bias reveals the contradictory nature of the beliefs held by those who support Trump. Conservatives have long valued a strict interpretation of the Constitution, and yet Trump only seems to display his reverence for this sacred document on the issue of gun control and neglects it on the issue of immigration.
“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists” was the statement made by Trump during the 2016 presidential election that truly awoke the xenophobic sentiment festering beneath the surface of the American conscience at the time. A large portion of the public became so receptive to this statement in fact, that they began to buy into Trump’s populist pandering and soon became hooked on this “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
However, babies born to undocumented immigrants are not bringing drugs or crime, and they most certainly are not going around raping women in the name of MS-13. After all, innocent newborns are incapable of committing crimes of any kind. Therefore it would be illogical to seek an end to their birthright citizenship out of fear of drugs, crime and rape.
Republicans nowadays often champion the phrase “facts don’t care about your feelings” in response to liberals who they believe are hypersensitive. This air of intellectual superiority quickly becomes polluted by the fact that in this instance, Trump and his merry band of MAGA minions are actually the hypersensitive ones. They have allowed themselves to become easily influenced by their feelings of hatred toward immigrants. They’ve fallen victim to their own irrational fear of drug-dealing, criminal-rapist, immigrant babies that do not exist.
A significant number of students within the CUNY system are first-generation immigrants born of undocumented parents. An end to birthright citizenship would be a spit in the face of these students working hard to secure a better future for themselves and their families. It goes against everything conservatives claim to stand for. The ideals of rugged individualism and freedom are being tainted.
It has become abundantly clear that Trump supporters are pseudo-conservatives. They have commited several counts of hypocrisy, all in the name of their precious blond-haired demagogue. The Ticker does not endorse this blatant abuse of presidential power and perversion of American values. The American people elect presidents. We do not bend to tyrants.
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