By Zachary Guiod
Most of us have become accustomed to the absurd, unconstitutional and even racist things that our president has said over the past two years. It’s in the news for a week or two and then it is forgotten quickly and replaced with whatever new fiasco happened that week. But towards the end of October, President Trump said something that should be remembered for longer than a week. He blatantly attacked birthright citizenship, saying that, “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.” He added that, “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
There are several things to point out about his statements. First of all, birthright citizenship is outright protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution: “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.” While it is not a shock that our president doesn’t understand basic constitutional law, it is a stark contrast compared to our past presidents, who have had at least a basic level of knowledge on the Constitution.
Another thing that is absolutely fabricated is that we are the only country that has birthright citizenship. Thirty other countries around the world have birthright citizenship, such as our neighbors Canada and Mexico, and Brazil. It would also be irresponsible to not mention that the only reason Trump is a citizen, I am a citizen, and chances are you are a citizen is because of birthright citizenship. There was no test or long process for us. We became citizens and received the benefits of citizenship simply because of where we were born. If there were to be a citizenship test for everyone, it is unlikely that Trump would pass.
However, our president and his cronies don’t want everyone to lose birthright citizenship — just people who don’t look like them. They will spread fear and hysteria about “anchor babies,” making it seem like parents trying to procure the best possible life for their child is a terrible thing. For people who talk about protecting “law and order,” they are awfully quick to ignore the law if it serves their white-supremacist goals.