Trump Falsely Claims U.S. Only Country ‘Stupid Enough’ To Offer Birthright Citizenship
The Donald loves to call everyone and everything but himself “stupid” when there is a disagreement, but he’s wrong when he claims we’re the only country “stupid enough” to guarantee birthright citizenship.
“The Fourteenth Amendment — I was right on it. You can do something with it, and you can do something fast,” Trump said in front of thousands of people at a rally in Mobile, Alabama on Friday night. “In the case of other countries, including Mexico, they don’t do that. It doesn’t work that way… We’re the only place just about that’s stupid enough to do it.”
But the United States is not alone in conferring automatic citizenship: it is among about 33 countries that provides jus soli, or right of the soil, the Latin term for granting automatic citizenship to anyone born in a territory or country, including children of undocumented immigrants. In North America, Canada also provides automatic citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants, the immigration-restrictionist organization Center for Immigration Studies noted in 2010. Numerous South American countries also grant unconditional birthright citizenship for babies born in their countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil.