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AALDEF criticizes Trump’s intention to end birthright citizenship

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Today, Axios released its interview with President Trump, who indicated his plans to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. 

Margaret Fung, AALDEF executive director, issued the following statement:

“Trump says he wants to end birthright citizenship by signing an executive order. This campaign rhetoric, right before the midterm elections, stirs up anti-immigrant sentiments and is especially offensive to Asian Americans. In 1898, at a time when the racist Chinese Exclusion Act prevented Asian immigration to America, the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark ruled that a person born in this country is a U.S. citizen under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Trump is not above the law, and he should not use his executive authority to violate constitutional guarantees of citizenship.”

For more information, contact:
Margaret Fung, Executive Director
212.966.5932 x201