October 30, 2018

Castro Statement on Trump’s Plan to Change Amendment Granting Citizenship at Birth

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today made the following statement:

“The President does not have the authority to unilaterally change our Constitution. The 14th Amendment makes clear that those born or naturalized in the United States are citizens, and the President’s proposal to change that amendment would bypass the will of Congress and the American people solely for political gain. It’s clear this plan is solely to suit Trump’s goals of scapegoating immigrants, dividing our nation, and distracting us from his harmful policies, including deploying additional troops to our Southern border in response to migrants fleeing Central America. Congress cannot stand by as our President assaults our founding principles, and any move by this Administration to unilaterally eliminate birthright citizenship would be illegal, unacceptable and immediately challenged.”

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