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Rebecca Hamlin comments about president Trump's assertion on birthright citizenship

Rebecca E. Hamlin, political science, comments in news stories about President Donald J. Trump’s assertion that he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order. Like most legal scholars, Hamlin is skeptical of the plan. The 14th Amendment says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” Most legal scholars believe that is an explicit protection of birthright citizenship and believe it would require much more than an executive order to change. “Trump may have a lawyer who is telling him the 14th Amendment means something else, but that lawyer is a unicorn,” Hamlin told National Public Radio. She also says, “The Constitution is clear about the fact, and the Supreme Court decided in 1898, that anyone born on U.S. soil is a citizen, regardless of the status of the parent.” Hamlin says, “He’s triggering a constitutional crisis for political gain,” by making the plan public days before the midterm elections. (Gazette, 10/31/18; National Public Radio, 10/30/18; News Office assistance)

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