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Birthright Citizenship

Ted Cruz Ties Immigrant 'Amnesty' To Nuclear Weapons In Iran

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn't going to stand for opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) painting him as moderate on imm...

Texas Won't Stop Denying Immigrants' Children Birth Certificates -- For Now

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.18.2015 | Politics

Texas officials do not have to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to get birth certificates for their children born in the state while a lega...

Could Trump Possibly Be Right: Are Legal Scholars Really Divided On The Issue Of Birth-Right Citizenship?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

The view that the constitution does not require birthrate citizenship is held by a handful of scholars and not "many," as Trump boasts.

Citizenship and the Constitution: A Legal History Lesson for Our Times

Paul Finkelman | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Paul Finkelman

Whatever the nation decides to do about immigration, it cannot take away American citizenship from those people who were born here, even if their parents are undocumented. Such children are natural born citizens, or birthright citizens.

Immigrant Bashing Hurts Women Most

Martha Burk | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

The majority of women migrate to reunite with family, make a better life for their children, or escape violence that in their home countries. But our current laws make it harder for these women to come legally, and harder to become citizens when they do get here. So what do women need in real immigration overhaul?

Birthright America: A Letter From The Future

Haroon Moghul | Posted 09.08.2015 | Comedy
Haroon Moghul

My Dear Daughter, I never imagined you would not be an American citizen, like I used to be. You were born in America, after all, just like I was. But then Donald Trump came along.

Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

If we wish to continue to be a world leader in a global economy, we must embrace all of our nation's children -- regardless of their gender, race, income, parents' immigration status, etc.

No, Really: Why Jon Stewart Should (Seriously) Host the Presidential Debate

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Lazar

As viewers, we turned to Stewart when democracy was losing the plot. We charged him with the numinous task of separating the real from the unreal, the empty rhetoric from the suffering it caused.

Why Jon Stewart Should Moderate a Presidential Debate

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 09.02.2015 | Media
Elizabeth Lazar

Jon Stewart reminded us that while democracy (and life) is funny, it can also be intermittently devastating, and leave the pausing complex thinkers eating the tyranny of inanities left by the panting race of power-obsessed double-dealers.

Mike Huckabee Shifts Stance On Birthright Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Friday that he is open to changing the United States' birthright citizenship policy, marking a reversal&nbs...

The Citizen and The Court

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Mr. Trump's suggestion about repealing the Fourteenth Amendment gives us the opportunity to not only examine the case that gave rise to the Fourteenth Amendment but to compare that case with a more recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be A Disaster

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

A significant portion of the GOP presidential field wants to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, either by amendi...

Revoking 14th Amendment Birthright Citizenship: The Ultimate in Voter Suppression

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and several of his Republican competitors have now endorsed the notion of doing away with the very first sentence of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

From a Recipient of Birthright Citizenship: Immigration Made America Great, Because Immigrants Are Us

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Whether we are descended from majority who came here willfully and found a better life, or from the many who came here unwillingly and lived lives of destitution and terror, the fact remains: We are all transplants, all the descendants of immigrants who desired to have a flourishing life.

Jeb Bush Clarifies That He’s Concerned About Asian 'Anchor Babies,' Not Hispanic Ones

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

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Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Promotes Abuses in the US and the Dominican Republic

Ediberto Roman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Miami
Ediberto Roman

Trump is not only scapegoating immigrants, he is calling for an end to birthright citizenship. If his plan somehow succeeds, it may jeopardize the human rights of millions, particularly members of minority communities.

'Anchor Babies' and the GOP's Manifest Destiny Politics

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Trump's call for a wall to protect U.S. borders from marauding Mexican criminals not only demonizes Latinos, but evokes toxic themes of Manifest Destiny that were used to justify American expansionism into Mexico. Themes that allowed white folk -- the U.S.' original "anchor babies" -- to be legitimized as citizens.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we saw how dissimilar appeals to our better and lesser angels look. For the former, there was Jimmy Carter's grace-filled press conference on Thursday revealing that cancer has spread to his brain. He reflected proudly on the work of his Carter Center, which, among many other things, has nearly eradicated the misery-causing guinea worm disease. But the week began very differently, as Donald Trump released an immigration plan that would end birthright citizenship, a proposal that would involve reverting to before the 14th amendment, ratified in 1868 to grant freed slaves citizenship in the wake of the shameful Dred Scott decision. Quite a vision for the future. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush said he disagreed with Trump, but made sure to get in on the xenophobia with the term "anchor babies." It was a week that gave us two very different examples of statesmanship and what America can stand for.

GOP Candidates Stake Out Positions On 'Anchor Babies'

The Hill | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidates are jostling to stake out positions on birthright citizenship and “anchor babies” as immigration takes...

Trumpification of Republican Party Reaches Turning Point

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Once again, the other Republican candidates rush to embrace Trump's latest salvo: the proposed evisceration of the 14th amendment. Calling millions of U.S. citizens a term universally viewed as offensive by the Latino community does not bode well for Republican electoral prospects.

Out-Trumping Trump? Good Luck with That!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Scott Walker tells voters, "I'm a tough guy, too!" (Right...)

Friday Talking Points -- Trump's Immigration Roundup

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Some are still finding solace in the "Trump's going to say something any day now that will sink him like a stone" way of thinking, but their numbers are getting smaller as time goes by and Trump defies political gravity once again.

Scott Walker's Still Working Out His Stance On Birthright Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics

Walker was a survivor: The Democrats and the unions had come at the king, and they'd missed. Repeatedly and dramatically. Which is, like, the one thing you're not supposed to do. In other words, there was a time not so long ago when a lot of folks thought the nomination was Walker's to lose. Lately, however, the question has become whether Walker is about to go and do just that.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Spreads Jeb Bush's 'Anchor Babies' Comment Via Text Message

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

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Without Birthright Citizenship, We'd Be Missing These Great Americans

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

The 14th Amendment guarantees that people born in the United States are automatically granted the right to be citizens of this country, regardles...