Ever since Donald Trump declared that the United States should end its practice of granting birthright citizenship to children born in the U.S. to parents who are illegal immigrants, the GOP 2016 front-runner has been blasted in the liberal media. The far-left Mother Jones, for example, cites “experts” who say that doing away with rights afforded so-called “anchor babies” would “lead to disaster” by creating millions of “stateless children.”
Of course, Mother Jones also grossly mischaracterizes Trump’s campaign-launching claim about the problems created by criminal aliens illegally entering the U.S. The Trump-bashing publication charges that the billionaire businessman began his quest for the presidency “by calling Mexican immigrants ‘rapists.'” In making this exaggerated claim, Mother Jones purposefully blurs the critical distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.
On her Fox News show Tuesday night, Megyn Kelly put another Republican presidential contender on the hot seat, grilling Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas about his views on birthright citizenship. The GOP candidate has indicated that he agrees with Trump on many issues surrounding illegal immigration and the problems it presents. When Cruz was asked on The Kelly File about his views on the controversial practice of automatically granting U.S. citizenship to anchor babies, the conservative senator said:
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What that does, it serves as an incentive encouraging people to break the law and come here illegally and we ought to change that policy.
Kelly pressed for a “yes” or “no” answer from Cruz — would he propose deporting the children of illegals who have been granted birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment? Again, Cruz sidestepped the question, calling it a “distraction.” He said there are serious legal disputes as to the best way to undo the longstanding practice — by congressional action or by constitutional amendment. “We should change the policy so that we’re not rewarding and incentivizing and encouraging more illegal immigration,” he argued.
“You’re dodging my question,” interjected Kelly, the Fox News anchor whom Donald Trump has repeatedly and, in the opinion of some, crudely criticized.
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That’s when Ted Cruz shot back, telling Megyn Kelly she was asking “the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask…. It’s also the question Barack Obama wants to focus on.”
By clicking on the video above, you can see the complete exchange between Ted Cruz and Megyn Kelly that brought fireworks to the Wednesday edition of The Kelly File.
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