The 14th Amendment and “Birth Tourism” in the News

In an update to my previous blog, the Republican push for an amendment to and hearings on the 14th Amendment (or the “Citizenship Clause”) is not gaining steam. A Washington Post article and New York Times Op Ed discuss that issue as well as the distinction between “birth tourism” and birth in the U.S. to parents who are here illegally. With the latter, of course, it is hard to argue that these children should be U.S. citizens as they will assimilate to the culture. In fact, although they will be fortunate enough to learn of their heritage and possibly be doubly fortunate enough to be bilingual, it is a stretch to tell these children to “Go back to (insert country here)” as the U.S. will be all that they know. That is where protection for all its citizens and jus soli matters.

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