Donald Trump appeared on the O’Reilly Factor this week to discuss his plans for immigration reform. His words on birthright citizenship shocked his host and created an emotional debate that has the Republican Party split in two.
“Bill, I think you’re wrong about the 14th Amendment,” said Trump. “And frankly the whole thing with anchor babies and the concept of anchor babies, I don’t think you’re right about that.”
A flustered O’Reilly interrupted him to ask if he should quote the 14th Amendment. “If you were born here, you’re an American, period. PERIOD!”
At first glance it may seem that Trump’s words contradict the 14th Amendment, but many lawyers agree with his statement. The billionaire explained that a baby born to a woman who sneaks into the country just to give birth is not a citizen. The case simply wouldn’t hold up in court.
Fox News Host Steve Doocy reminds us that “the 14th Amendment was written specifically about slaves after the Civil War” and “many lawyers think the 1898 case involving this fellow here in this country to Chinese parents was wrongly decided by the Supreme Court.”
Those who wrote the 14th Amendment created the legislation specifically for American Indians and former slaves. They were not thinking about immigrants. And as Trump has mentioned, this policy of birthright citizenship makes the U.S. a magnet for illegal immigrants.
However, holding a hearing for every immigrant in the country is impossible. “But still, practically, what’s going to happen?” asks Doocy. “We can’t afford to kick out 11 million people.”
Radio host Laura Ingraham thinks Trump is out of control. “The idea that you have to change the Constitution to get right on this birthright citizenship deal is ridiculous,” she said while interviewing Senator Jeff Sessions on Monday.
To Laura’s surprise, Sessions agreed with Trump and told her the “matter is somewhat disputed” and that Trump’s view regarding birthright citizenship is “not an extreme position.”