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USA: Rethinking Birthright

Friday 19 July 2019, by siawi3


“Send Her Back” Shows We Must Change Birthright Citizenship

Rethinking Birthright

In addition to building his wall and separating families at the border, Donald Trump has said he wants to end birthright citizenship in the United States to stop the “invasion†of immigrants. “We’re the only country in the world,†he insisted, “where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States . . . with all of those benefits.â€

This is, unsurprisingly, incorrect (more than thirty countries maintain a birthright citizenship policy), and the backlash was quick to point out that birthright was first introduced to protect vulnerable populations in the United States, namely freed slaves after the abolishment of slavery.

But while defense of birthright at this moment joins wider resistance against Trump’s xenophobic policies, Stephanie DeGooyer argues that it is crucial to acknowledge how birthright citizenship is stopgap citizenship: it helps some people, but the very principle is the source of inequality for many others. As Trump’s supporters chanted “send her back,†regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar, it’s clear that we need a more just conception of citizenship—one that abolishes the distinction between “natural†and naturalized citizens.



Trump’s Supporters Chanted “Send Her Back!” As The President Attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar

The president’s supporters echoed his racist remarks at a campaign rally, urging Rep. Ilhan Omar, a US citizen, to leave the country.

Picture of Salvador Hernandez BuzzFeed News Reporter

Posted on July 17, 2019, at 9:10 p.m. ET Last updated on July 17, 2019, at 9:55 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on four US congresswomen at a campaign rally Wednesday night in North Carolina, singling out Rep. Ilhan Omar and inciting the crowd to chant “Send her back! Send her back!”

The chant echoed racist tweets from the president on Sunday attacking the progressive Democratic congresswomen — Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib — in which he called on the four to “go back” and “help fix the totally broken and crime infested” countries “from which they came.”

Three of the women were born in the US. Omar, a Minnesota representative, was born in Somalia. Her family fled the war-torn country to a refugee camp in Kenya when she was 8 years old and arrived in the US four years later.

The president made no effort to stop the crowd in Greenville on Wednesday night as they called for Omar to leave the country, but instead paused and paced around the podium for several seconds as the chant “Send her back!” grew louder. He did not condemn the crowd.

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