“Do you think that birthright citizenship should be ended?” asked Hunt.
Well [Democratic Minority Leader] Harry Reid said its not right for this country, I think that’s something– yeah, absolutely, going forward,” Walker responded.
“To me its about enforcing the laws in this country,” he said. “I think you enforce the laws, and I think its important to send a message that we’re going to enforce the laws no matter how people come here, we need to uphold the laws.”
The Walker campaign clarified that statement after-the-fact, saying Walker would “end the birthright citizenship problem” by “addressing the root problems” that lead to illegal immigrants having children in the United States to begin with.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) August 17, 2015
Birthright citizenship has been a part of U.S. law since the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment, which grants U.S. citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” It became more controversial with the increase in illegal immigration, with one recent poll finding that 54% of Americans do not support birthright citizenship. Fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump has also come out in opposition.
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