Birthright Citizenship Stands on Extremely Weak Legal Ground—Here’s Why

Constitutional Originalism is defined as “a principle of interpretation that views the Constitution’s meaning as fixed as of the time of enactment.” Originalism is often coupled with what’s called “intentionalism,” which means that one’s understanding of the Constitution and other founding documents is determined by “how the provision was understood at the time it was drafted and ratified.” I’m a Constitutional Originalist, and as such, I don’t understand the freakout over Donald Trump’s desire Read more […]

Donald Trump, Birthright Citizenship, and the Fourteenth Amendment

Donald Trump just released a six-page policy paper on immigration. Among the key points in the document, one particular item is getting quite a lot of attention. Trump wants to stop the “anchor baby” loophole from our interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment by more narrowly defining birthright citizenship: A policy paper released by 2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump this weekend has reopened a question in the immigration debate that some of Trump’s fellow GOP candidates may want Read more […]