Define American Welcomes a Real Conversation about Citizenship

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Define American Welcomes a Real Conversation about Citizenship

The President cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order – and his intentions for claiming that he can are purely political.

The President Cannot Amend the Constitution with an Executive Order: The 14th Amendment of the Constitution granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including formerly enslaved people—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” The amendment itself is really clear. The President can talk about this all he wants, but as long as there’s a Constitution, he doesn’t have the power to unilaterally change it. More: Here, Here, Here

If He Cannot Amend the Constitution Unilaterally, All He Is Doing Is Playing Politics: There’s a reason this story is being stoked right before the election: to motivate a base of supporters and voters who chant, “blood and soil, [Jews and immigrants] will not replace us” at white supremacist rallies. In the past week alone there have been a number of incidents being investigated as potential hate crimes or terrorist attacks against Americans who are Jewish, immigrant, and/or Black.

These Actions Distort What Citizenship Means To America:

Ryan Eller, Executive Director of Define American, says “While of course we recognize the reason for the timing of this conversation, at Define American we welcome discussions about citizenship because it requires people (like the President) who are not Native American or whose ancestors were enslaved to answer what they did and are doing now to earn their citizenship. It begs us to consider whether or not we still believe in an America where anybody has an opportunity at full participation and citizenship, regardless of the circumstances in which they happened to be born.”

From Constitution Daily

“Including the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, which were ratified in 1789, the Senate historian estimates that approximately 11,699 amendment changes have been proposed in Congress through 2016. Only one amendment, the 18th Amendment that established Prohibition, was later repealed by the states.

Changing the actual words of the Constitution takes an amendment, as does actually deleting, or repealing, an amendment.

In simple odds, the chance of any constitutional amendment being repealed would be roughly the same as a person living to 80 years old being struck by lightning during their lifetime, according to National Weather Service data.”

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