Is Birthright Citizenship in the Constitution?

Is Birthright Citizenship in the Constitution?

President Donald Trump created a national firestorm on Wednesday when he said that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to citizenship to everyone born in the country.

“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ Many legal scholars agree…..” President Trump tweeted six days before congressional elections.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump referred to a statement by former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., from 1993 which said “no sane country” would allow birthright citizenship.

Democrats and even some Republicans argue that birthright citizenship has been established by the 14th amendment in our Constitution and therefore the President can’t undo it by executive order. This means that it would take an amendment to the Constitution to change the law. On Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham pledged to introduce legislation to do so.

But is an amendment to the Constitution really necessary? What does the 14th amendment of founding document really say? Turn the page to find out.

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