Trump ignites birthright controversy

Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly went toe-to-toe over the 14th Amendment


Courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Among his many other tendentious viewpoints, Donald Trump’s appearance on the “O’Reilly Factor” in August kicked off a debate on citizenship.

Briana Ursua, Reporter, Scottsdale Chronicle

The leader for the Republican nomination sure knows how to garner reactions by being self-centered, constantly creating non-issues, and simply just suggesting fiscal irresponsibility.

Trump recently appeared on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor” where Bill O’Reilly challenged Trump’s proposal to end birthright citizenship.

“Bill, I think you’re wrong about the 14th Amendment and frankly the whole thing about anchor babies and concept of anchor babies, Trump said. O’Reilly soon responded in kind.

“I can quote it, if you want me to quote the 14th Amendment? If you’re born here you’re a citizen. Period!”

Trump then continued to insist he and his lawyers have found some holes in the 14th Amendment.

“I don’t think they have American citizenship and if you speak to some very-very good lawyers – and I know some will disagree – but many will agree with me and you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship,” Trump said. “We have to start a process where we take back our country. Our country is going to hell.”

Since then a lot of people have questioned if Trump can really abolish the 14th Amendment.

The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was created in 1868 and states:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction there of are citizens of the United States and of the state where they reside.”

The Constitution is what makes America great. Birthright citizenship makes America great. People want to have their children in the United States in order for their children to live the American dream.

“We’re going to test it out. That’s going to happen, Bill,” Trump said.

So could Donald Trump possibly “test it out?” Well, not only would it go against everything this country was founded on but as O’Reilly did say, in order to do so, “you would have to push for an amendment to the constitution.”

Also, federal courts would most likely not allow a mass deportation and if he even tried it, mass deportations wouldn’t just happen overnight as he would like; it would take decades.

“Then if you wanted to deport the people already here, each and every one are titled to do process and it would take decades to do that and gazillions of dollars and the courts would block you in every turn, you must know all of that,” O’Rielly fired back.

So how many children of such immigrants are in the United States? That would all depend on what Trump means by “anchor baby” and if he is only talking about those born to undocumented immigrants from Mexico. A lot of what Trump says is unrealistic and poorly justified hot air. His proposal is completely wrong and the 14th Amendment is not the reason why our country is going to hell.