SPLC: Trump’s call to end birthright citizenship is demonizing and a disgrace to our Constitution

President Trump’s vow today to end birthright citizenship with an executive order is just another one of his efforts to further divide this country and distract from the horrific events of the past week.

The president does not have the authority to do away with birthright citizenship — a constitutionally protected right for all people born in the U.S. — with the simple stroke of a pen.  

Birthright citizenship is a fundamental right cherished by Americans since the abolition of slavery. Immigrants and their children make this nation great. 

We should celebrate our nation’s diversity, and not demonize our citizens. 

We won’t hesitate to legally act if President Trump attempts to undermine our Constitution and the right of citizens born in the United States.

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