When GOP front-runner and outspoken firebrand Donald Trump issued his immigration reform plan several days ago, one element of the 5-page proposal that stirred a lot of emotional controversy was Trump’s call to stop conferring birthright citizenship on so-called “anchor babies.” Many advocates and defenders of the practice argue that granting automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. — even when their parents are here illegally — has always been a constitutional right.
However, a legal analyst for generally left-leaning CNN concedes that the longstanding assumption about anchor babies and their birthright is not so clear-cut — the constitutional questions surrounding the practice of conferring automatic citizenship are layered and complex. When promoters of the practice point to the 14th Amendment as the foundation for their support, the CNN analyst, Danny Cevallos, cautions that the meaning of the “jurisdiction clause” is fuzzy, given that the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868.
On the Fox News show Hannity Wednesday night, radio host, author, lawyer, and constitutional scholar Mark Levin weighed in on the issue that’s now a hot topic in the GOP presidential race.
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Fox New reported Levin “said that those claiming that the 14th Amendment allows birthright citizenship are dead wrong, pointing to Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, which grants absolute power to Congress to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.”
“If you want a policy of open borders, that anybody born here should become a United States citizen, you amend the Constitution. We don’t have to amend the Constitution. It says what we say it says,” Levin forcefully argued. “The Supreme Court has never ruled that the children of illegal aliens are American citizens.”
By clicking on the video above, you can hear the entire interview with Mark Levin, who declared, “Of course Trump is right,” regarding the issue of anchor babies born in America to parents who are not U.S. citizens.
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