What SCOTUS Should Consider About Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens
After President Trump’s bombshell announcement that he intends to end the controversial policy of birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens, pundits immediately began offering their varied opinions on whether or not the executive branch can lawfully end the policy via executive action, and if birthright citizenship should extend to illegal aliens. However, the fact remains that any action attempting to end the policy – by anyone – will almost certainly be met with lawsuits and, ultimately, heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).If the Supreme Court indeed decides to hear a case on birthright citizenship, there are several important questions that the justices should keep in mind:
- What does the U.S. Constitution explicitly say about birthright citizenship?
- What was the original intent of the amendment’s authors?Are there any previous relevant SCOTUS cases that address the topic already?
- If so, is there any reason why SCOTUS shouldn’t just refer to that decision?
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