Consequences of Repealing Birthright Citizenship

The Migration Policy Institute has released a report documenting the detrimental effects of repealing birthright citizenship. With recent GOP contenders arguing for its repeal, the logistics of such are nearly impossible – enshrined in the Constitution in 1868 with the 14th Amendment and endorsed in 1898 by the Supreme Court, it would have to be repealed via constitutional amendment or undone by act of Congress.

Aside from these logistics, the Migration Policy Institute has found that “ending birthright citizenship for U.S. babies with two unauthorized immigrant parents would increase the existing unauthorized population by 4.7 million people by 2050. Crucially, 1 million would be the children of two parents who themselves had been born in the United States. Under a scenario denying U.S. citizenship to babies with one parent who is unauthorized, our analysis finds that the unauthorized population would balloon to 24 million in 2050 from the 11 million today.”

To read the entire report, click here.

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