Opinions Vary on Birthright Citizenship Issue

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- President Donald Trump's plan to sign an executive order stripping citizenship from children born to illegal immigrants is getting a lot of reaction, and people in central Pennsylvania are weighing in on the topic.

It's not clear whether President Trump has the authority to do this with an executive order. The topic of changing the Constitution brought out strong reactions from both sides.

President Trump says he plans to sign an executive order to end what's called birthright citizenship. That would end the right to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States.

Some legal experts believe that would mean changing the United States Constitution which was amended 150 years ago to include the words:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States," said Bucknell University Professor Michael James, reading from the Constitution.

Professor James is a political science professor at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. He believes if President Trump writes an executive order, it would be challenged in federal court.

"So the question is really whether or not the federal judiciary and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court would rule in favor of President Trump and uphold such an executive action."

When it comes to President Trump's comments, people we spoke with had all sorts of different opinions.

"It's something that our Founding Fathers wrote into our Constitution. I certainly don't think Trump ought to be messing with our Constitution that way," said Mary Lotspeich of Lewisburg.

"If you have a child that was born here, I'm sorry, that was your reason for coming," said Jane McCleary of Mifflinburg, who agrees with the president.

"It's a drain on our economy. We need to support them," McCleary said.

"You can't just issue an executive order with something that totally conflicts with the Constitution. He has to do it the right way, and he's not going to get it done because no one's going to go along with that," said Catherine Graf of Lewisburg.

President Trump did not give any details of his plan but did say it's in the process and it will happen.


  • bohica6284

    Here illegally, no rights! Why in the heck would people who are in this country illegally be granted the same benefits as people who are here legally? What incentive does anyone have to become a US citizen when they get all of the benefits anyway? Would US citizens be given the same opportunities in other countries? NO! If you’re here illegally, so are your offspring.

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    If a president can’t change immigration law with an E.O., then why was Obama allowed to do just that with D.A.C.A.?

  • nawlins70116

    If you people don’t let these folks cross who will run this sh*t show we call America? All of these officials incharge are criminals (POLITICIANS, PREACHERS, POLICE, TEACHERS AND SO MANY OTHERS) we need new people in this evil place, SAD WHAT YOU PEOPLE HAVE DONE TO THIS ONCE BEAUTIFUL AND GREAT NATION!

  • jsrant

    If your here in this country illegally then you have NO RIGHTS to anything this country offers. You are a citizen of the country you are coming from. Another words your new born is not a citizen either. We need to stop giving to those who don’t deserve it and start giving to the ones who do.
    Keep up the good work Trump. Build the wall and keep them out.

  • Lance Grach

    If the child was born due to an illegal act.(not a citizen here illegally) how would that child be considered legal. Drug money buys cars houses illegally so they are confiscated because although bought legally it was illegal funds that provided that. So using that logic illegal aliens cannot have a legal citizen.

  • straubdavid9

    I disagree that the 14th Amendment has anything whatsoever to do with the people that are coming into this country solely for the purpose of producing an end run around our law ….. called an anchor baby!

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