FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2018
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Church World Service Condemns Trump’s Attempts to Revoke Constitutionally Protected Birthright Citizenship
Announcement is yet another example of the administration’s attempts to harm families
Washington, D.C. – Today, CWS strongly condemned President Trump’s plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for children of non-citizens and undocumented immigrants born in the United States. The Fourteenth Amendment, since its ratification in 1868, has guaranteed that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
CWS President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough, issued the following statement in response:
“President Trump’s threat to punish immigrants by denying birthright citizenship is dangerous, immoral and only serves to sow further division and unnecessary chaos. Ending birthright citizenship would leave millions of children stateless and create a permanent underclass in our nation. The Supreme Court has affirmed on multiple occasions that the Fourteenth Amendment is the established law of the land. We urge the administration to cease its attempts to deliberately harm children who have done nothing wrong, and instead choose to honor our country’s long-standing principles of welcome.”
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