Mehlman: Trump right on birthright citizenship

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

The leader of a pro-immigration enforcement organization says GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump struck a chord with Americans when he suggested ending birthright citizenship. 

"Aside from everything else it simply doesn't make any sense," Ira Mehlman, of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says of the federal law that declares the children of illegal aliens are American citizens.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services"It's like saying a complete stranger walks into your living room, gives birth in your house, then suddenly that child is a member of your family," Mehlman says. "And that you are obligated to provide all sorts of things for that child."

Trump continues to surge in the polls and his strong stances against illegal immigration have been a primary reason.

While the flamboyant billionaire has scored political points with his proposal to end birthright citizenship, a number of his Republican rivals wish the issue would go away.  

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the proposal advanced by Donald Trump is merely an "applause line."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says any discussion that goes beyond the need to secure the border and enforce existing laws should be a "red flag" to voters that another politician is giving them "lip service."

Although he supports the goal, Ted Cruz says changing the Constitution would take years.

"A nation is more than just a random collection of people who happen to have been born in a particular place or happen to share a defined piece of geography," Mehlman tells OneNewsNow. "There is a lot more that defines a nation and if we don't start recognizing that, we're not going to have a nation."

 

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