Birthright Citizenship of the US

  • With congressional elections a week away, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he will seek to scrap the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants as he tries again to dramatically reshape immigration policies.
  • Reviving his support for a legally questionable theory, Trump told the Axios news website he would issue an executive order on so-called birth right citizenship, an issue that has long rankled some conservative Republicans.
  • Trump’s previous calls to end the practice have resonated with his political base, but moderate Republicans and some legal experts say Trump is running afoul of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, enacted in the wake of the Civil War to ensure that black Americans previously subject to slavery had full citizenship rights, citizenship is granted to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”
  • It has been routinely interpreted over the years to confer citizenship to people born in the United States whose parents are illegal immigrants.

Why the Indian diaspora in the US matters?

  • Over 31 million people of Indian birth or descent are part of the Indian diaspora spread around the world. Of them, 3.1 million, or 10 per cent, are Indian-Americans living in the US.
  • The Indian-American diaspora has proven to be a vital resource contributing to the economic, political and social development of India.
  • Indian-American influence, impact, and contributions were significant then and have grown even more as we move forward into the 21st century.
  • Part of the reason for this is that the Indian-American population on average stands head and shoulders economically and educationally above those of other Asian American subgroups and the US population in general. Indian-Americans excel as high-tech entrepreneurs.
  • It’s not just that Indian Americans are doing well. They are also inclined to stay connected with India through investments, philanthropy and personal involvement. The Indian Diaspora can bring broad economic benefits to India.
  • They can make substantial contributions in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, health care, education and skills development. They can help in creating jobs and in creating new companies across India.
  • They can create a platform by sharing best practices and technology with small and medium enterprises and helping them to access financing.

Current Scenario:

  • The immigration to the US can be broadly classified to 3 groups. A Green card, H1B visa for job purpose and former for permanent residence.
  • Last category as illegal immigrants who travel without a legal passport.
  • According to the US law the child born in the US soil is eligible for citizenship and children of Illegal immigrants have the right to claim the citizenship of US.
  • But the total documented illegal immigrants are just 3 percent of total population and the incumbent president is trying to portray a false image of for Political gains.
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