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Babies Born In The U.S. To Immigrant Parents Are U.S. Citizens, But Donald Trump Thinks They’re ‘Illegal’ Anyway

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trump-photoHuman whoopie cushion and for-now presidential candidate Donald Trump is positively pulling his hair out over the fact that all people born in the U.S. are U.S. citizens, regardless of the citizenship of their parents. He aims to put a stop to that and says he plans on getting rid of “birthright citizenship” in the U.S. as part of the latest installment of the long-running anti-immigrant rant that appears to comprise his campaign. Trump insists he is going to get rid of “birthright citizenship” in the U.S. even though everyone born in the U.S. has been an automatic citizen since the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868, granting full citizenship and all the rights and privileges that go along with it to anybody who was born on U.S. soil, regardless of the citizenship or legal status of that baby’s parents.

According to Yahoo Parenting, Trump went on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday to continue to vent his spleen about how immigrants are criminals and insist that “anchor babies” are illegal residents, too.

“They’re illegal,” Trump said of these children, who are legally U.S. citizens and have every right to be here. “You either have a country or not.”

That last part of his statement doesn’t even make sense. For starters, babies born in the U.S. do have a country. That country is called America. They may have one or more other countries as well, but the U.S. is definitely one of them.

Denying citizenship to babies born in the U.S. to parents who are not U.S. citizens is part of Trump’s immigration plan, which also includes making Mexico pay to build a permanent border wall and tripling the number of immigration officers manning it. Trump’s immigration reform also involves the deportation of millions of immigrants residing in the U.S., though he magnanimously says, “The good people can come back.”

Trump has big plans, but repealing the part of the 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. would require 2/3 of both the Senate and the House of Representatives to vote in favor of doing so, and the approval of 3/4 of the nation’s state legislatures. Good luck with that, Trump.