Below, we offer some reactions and fact-checking about the immigration-related parts of last night’s debate: The Focus of the “Mass-Deportation” Discussion Was on the Impracticality of Donald Trump’s Plan – Not Its Morally Abhorrent, Un-American Vision:  During the immigration-related parts of last night’s debate, most of the candidates who reacted to Donald Trump’s vision to expel 11… Continue »

Bad Politics, Terrible Policy, and Disastrous for the Country  On a press call today, children of undocumented immigrants joined Ricardo Aca, DACA recipient who works at the Trump Hotel, and legal expert David Leopold, to respond to the latest stream of anti-immigrant demagoguery and unpack what ending “birthright citizenship” really means for politics and policy.  As Girsea Martinez, a… Continue »

As a Trumpified Jeb Bush doubles down on his use of the derogatory “anchor baby” — saying he doesn’t find the term offensive — WaPo reports that a whole lot of others probably feel differently about that, considering “8.4% of the resident adult population of the US in 2012 was the child of a person born… Continue »

Here’s more of that “Trump Effect” in action. Today, Chris Christie — fresh off a rocky debate performance, where even a visibly-irritated Rand Paul rolled his eyes at the candidate — told right-wing radio host and noted xenophobe Laura Ingraham that we should “reexamine” the 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to all children born… Continue »

While the President is a master storyteller in his own right, NCLR did not wait for Obama’s much-anticipated luncheon speech to focus on the power of narrative to illuminate fundamental, often complicated matters of immigration and citizenship.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) want to repeal the 14th amendment. Their goal is to deny citizenship to anyone born in the United States “unless at least one parent is a legal citizen, legal immigrant, active member of the Armed Forces or a naturalized legal citizen.”

Earlier this week, we learned that Senate David Vitter (R-LA) introduced legislation, S. 723, that attempts to alter the meaning of the 14th amendment.

Following in the footsteps of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Virgil Peck, and the Three Amigos on Immigration (Reps. Smith (R-TX), Gallegly (R-CA), and King (R-IA)), all of whom have been using their elected positions to hate on immigrants, Shirley Matson, a tax assessor in Nevada, found herself in the hot seat last week when she decided to jump in with some incendiary comments of her own.

Via Adam Serwer at the American Prospect, we learn that Mark Krikorian’s organization has jumped on the “Terror Baby” bandwagon – with a “laughably debunkable” report.

This backgrounder on constitutional citizenship reveals that recent attempts to deny citizenship to babies is unconstitutional and wrong, leading to millions of dollars lost in litigation, and viewed by the fastest growing voting demographic — Latinos — as an attack on their community. Moreover, revoking the 14th amendment is not a solution for fixing our broken immigration system.