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Trump's big (and bad) idea: End birthright citizenship

Trump's big (and bad) idea: End birthright citizenship

Improbable Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has released a position paper on his signature issue — illegal immigration. In addition to proposing construction of a permanent wall on the border with Mexico and an increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, Trump advocates an end to birthright citizenship. That is the practice of granting U.S. citizenship to children born in the U.S., even if their parents are in the country illegally. (Trump isn’t the only Republican to take this position.) Trump makes the debatable claim that birthright citizenship is “the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.” This is also known as the...

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