DeSantis Copies Trump’s 2024 Plan

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( – On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis released his immigration plan and vowed that if he wins the presidential race he would end birthright citizenship.

DeSantis’ plan is titled “No Excuses” and specifically states that he will take action to block the children of illegal immigrants from benefiting from birthright citizenship if they are born in the United States. As he argued, the idea that their future offspring will be given citizenship is one of the “major” drivers of illegal immigration and it acts as a price. He further claimed that this was “inconsistent with the original understanding of the 14th Amendment” which is why he would make sure that the courts and Congress would address this policy.

Former President Donald Trump similarly vowed to end birthright citizenship for those children that are born in the U.S. to illegal aliens. This is a practice that he had previously pledged to put an end to through an executive order in 2018 when he was still in office.

Still, the majority of immigration experts have argued that the President does not have the right to end birthright citizenship as it is protected by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which specifically notes that those “born or naturalized in the United States” gain birthright citizenship.

However, DeSantis is arguing that the current policies are inconsistent with the original meaning of the 14th Amendment. The current interpretation of the Amendment originates from an 1898 Supreme Court case, which dealt with a U.S. citizen with Chinese parents.

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