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Should the U.S. Maintain Birthright Citizenship?

Birthright citizenship is the granting of citizenship to anyone born in a country or born to parents who are citizens of a country. The American debate revolves around children born in the United States whose parents are undocumented immigrants. While some believe the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution‘s promise of birthright citizenship applies to everyone born in the United States, others believe the Constitution does not (or should not) apply to those whose parents are not citizens. For more on immigration, explore the ProCon debate.

PRO (yes)

CON (no)


Donald Trump:

“Under Biden’s current policies, even though these millions of illegal border crossers have entered the country unlawfully, all of their future children will become automatic U.S. citizens. Can you imagine? They’ll be eligible for welfare, taxpayer-funded health care, the right to vote, chain migration and countless other government benefits, many of which will also profit the illegal alien parents. This policy is a reward for breaking the laws of the United States and it is obviously a magnet helping draw the flood of illegals across our borders. … As has been laid out by many scholars, this current policy is based on an historical myth and a willful misinterpretation of the law by the open borders advocates.…

As part of my plan to secure the border on Day 1 of my new term in office, I will sign an executive order making clear to federal agencies that under the correct interpretation of the law, going forward the future children of illegal aliens will not receive automatic U.S. citizenship.”


Donald Trump,, May 30, 2023

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Joe Biden:

No position as of Aug. 31, 2023.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

No position as of Aug. 31, 2023.