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Grassley Statement on Birthright Citizenship Issue

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued the following statement on reports that President Trump plans to eliminate birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
“The United States welcomes immigrants from all over the world who pursue the legal options available to them to seek permanent residence or citizenship in our country. Birthright citizenship for the children of permanent resident immigrants under the Fourteenth Amendment is settled law, as decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Wong Kim Ark. There is a debate among legal scholars about whether that right extends to the children of illegal immigrants. I will closely review President Trump’s executive order. As a general matter, this is an issue that Congress should take the lead to carefully consider and debate.”