Donald Trump is expanding his plan for immigration reform beyond simply building a wall to include changing a provision of the Constitution's 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to anyone born on United States soil.

Currently, children born to illegal immigrants and other immigrants who are born when their parents are inside the borders of the U.S. are considered citizens of the country, a practice which has long undergone scrutiny by border states.

Trump, for his part, acknowledges that illegal immigrant families would be affected by his plan, which would rescind Obama's promised Dream act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program DACA.

Citing the many instances that occur where a pregnant illegal immigrant will enter the United States and then have her baby on American soil so that the child is a U.S. citizen, Trump said there must be drastic changes.

"They have to go. What they're doing, they're having a baby. And then all of a sudden, nobody knows ... the baby's here."

Critics of any action against the birthright citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment say that exporting children of illegals will split apart families and cause trauma for those affected. Trump's answer is simple--if they abandoned their country to enter America illegally, they have broken the law and forfeited the right to stay.

That's not to say, however, that Trump's plan is heartless by any means. He plans to create an expedited program where families and other outstanding, "good people" can reenter the United States legally and resume their lives.

Theoretically, Trump's plan makes a lot of sense. Whether you like it or not immigration needs reform and one of the best things about Trump's plan, besides the building of a physical wall, would be the hard reset which it would usher in.

Instead of keeping the door wide open, Trump's plan would allow entry to legitimate immigrants and deny it to those who simply want to leach off of the American system.

h/t: CNS News

 

 

 

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