‘Anchor babies’ are the latest buzz words heating up the Republican Presidential campaign. The term is used to describe children born in America to non-U.S. citizens in order to secure them legal residency.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters in New Hampshire, “They have the baby in the United States. We now take care of that baby social security, medicare, education, give me a break. It does not work that way. The parents have to come in legally.”
WINK News looked into the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment which states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States…”
But Trump told voters at the town hall that “many scholars” don’t think ‘anchor babies’ are covered by the constitution.
“Many of the great scholars say that anchor babies are not covered,” Trump said.
Our research partners at PolitiFact rate Trump’s claim HALF TRUE.
“Trump was maybe overstating things there. Even scholars who do say this, university professors and some judges readily admit that that’s a minority view and the widely held view of the 14th amendment is that if you’re born in the United States, on United States soil, that grants you citizenship. But as the way Trump said it, we called it half true,” PolitiFact reporter Joshua Gillin said.
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