When I Was Born To Non-Citizens, America Did Not Owe Me Citizenship

I had no natural right to citizenship of a country just because I was born within its geographical boundaries. Nor did my parents have the right to give me a citizenship they did not possess.

President Trump has caused larger-than-usual ripples in the news with his thoughts on limiting birthright citizenship. There are first constitutional considerations about whether jus soli citizenship can be limited at all, let alone by executive order.

Then, we have questions of merit—that is, does it help our various national interests to have a steady stream of diverse, new citizens, and how do we weigh these benefits against the potential for abuse of this system…?

>>> continue reading: When I Was Born To Non-Citizens, America Did Not Owe Me Citizenship

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