As most high school students know and American history demonstrates, the modern concept of “birthright citizenship” really is simply wrong. Indians living on reservations were not American citizens for most of our history, despite being born in our country. Native Americans were considered members only of their sovereign Indian tribes, until Congress extended blanket citizenship in 1924. Similarly, children born to foreign ambassadors while in the United States are not American citizens, but are citizens of their country of origin.
In their crusade against President Trump, globalists trot out alleged experts claiming that Trump’s proposal to end birthright citizenship is impossible, unconstitutional, or morally wrong. But the hysterical overreaction by his critics proves how right Trump is.
Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said “The president cannot erase the Constitution with an executive order, and the 14th Amendment’s citizenship guarantee is clear,” “This is a blatantly unconstitutional attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms.”
In fact, the last time the Supreme Court addressed the issue of birthright citizenship was 120 years ago, in the case of a child born to a lawful permanent resident who had what is now called a green card. The Supreme Court has never decided the citizenship of those born to persons unlawfully present in the United States, or lawfully present on temporary visas for tourism, education, or temporary employment.
The ACLU was also bitterly opposed to Trump’s policy of vetting travelers from countries that are hotbeds of terrorism. Globalists falsely characterized the policy as a Muslim ban, but it was upheld by the Supreme Court last June; Trump’s new executive order should fare just as well when it gets there.
Trump’s announced intention to fulfill his campaign promise capped another week of setbacks for globalism. In Brazil, which is called the second-largest democracy in the Western Hemisphere, the conservative nationalist Jair Bolsonaro won its presidency by a landslide of 55-45%.
That adds Brazil to the United States, Hungary, and the Philippines where conservative nationalists have triumphed on Election Day. Meanwhile, the adversary of President Trump who has led Germany down the wrong path of globalism, Angela Merkel, mercifully announced her plans not to seek reelection in a few years.