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Congressional Hispanic Caucus First Vice-Chair Joaquin Castro's Statement on Trump’s Plan to Change Amendment Granting Citizenship at Birth

Oct 30, 2018
Press Release


WASHINGTON— Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, made the following statement in response to  President Trump's comments that he would be signing an anti-immigrant executive order to Change Amendment Granting Citizenship at Birth:

“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.”

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.