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What have some of the Republican primary candidates said about birthright citizenship?

  Some Republican presidential primary candidates have expressed opposition regarding birthright citizenship, the notion that a child born i...

 Some Republican presidential primary candidates have expressed opposition regarding birthright citizenship, the notion that a child born in the U.S. is automatically an American citizen.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been polling in a distant second place behind former President Donald Trump, has indicated that birth tourism is "not the original understanding of the 14th Amendment" and that he would move to compel clarification on the issue. 

"We will take action to end the idea that the children of illegal aliens are entitled to birthright citizenship if they are born in the United States," DeSantis' website states. "Dangling the prize of citizenship to the future offspring of illegal immigrants is a major driver of illegal migration. It is also inconsistent with the original understanding of 14th Amendment, and we will force the courts and Congress to finally address this failed policy."

Part of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — which was ratified in 1868 — states that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." 

Trump has pledged to issue an executive order informing federal agencies that according to "the correct interpretation of the law" future children of illegal immigrants will not automatically get American citizenship. 

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley "opposes birthright citizenship for those who enter the country illegally," Haley's spokesperson Ken Farnaso noted, according to the Daily Caller.

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has rejected the notion that an executive order can eliminate birthright citizenship. "Empty promises to end birthright citizenship through an executive order are disrespectful to our Constitution. No matter how much one might hope, it is not possible to disregard the 14th Amendment by the stroke of a presidential pen. We must not tolerate anyone coming into our country illegally, but the answer is to secure our borders, which I will do, rather than make unconstitutional promises," Hutchinson stated, according to the Daily Caller.

The outlet reported that Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said, "Our Founding Fathers decided that people born here were immediately citizens. Cracking open the Constitution to eliminate that right seems really idiotic. My parents both came here to escape communism. They came legally but I became a citizen because I was born here. We need to close our borders to illegal immigration not open up the constitution. One out of every five Americans is Hispanic. We can get their votes but this isn't a way to do it."

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