Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Ending Birthright Citizenship Would Be Costly for Americans

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"Repealing birthright citizenship would be the equivalent of “a tax on every child born in America,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. He was commenting on a recent National Foundation for American Policy study by immigration expert Margaret Stock, a former professor at West Point and an attorney with the law firm of Lane Powell. (A copy of the study can be found here.)

Birthright citizenship guarantees U.S. citizenship to almost all babies born on U.S. soil, with the children of diplomats the primary exception. We take for granted as Americans that we don’t need to hire attorneys and fight through a bureaucratic maze to prove the child of a baby born in a U.S. hospital is an American