Hillary Clinton’s campaign called out both Scott Walker and Donald Trump for their positions of support for extreme anti-immigrant policies.
Hillary for America Latino Outreach Director Lorella Praeli said in a statement, “It is disturbing that Republican presidential candidates continue to embrace extreme anti-immigrant positions as core pieces of their immigration platform. While more Republicans are promoting policies that tear families apart, Hillary Clinton remains consistent in her position to defend President Obama’s executive actions and push for a comprehensive solution that includes a pathway to full and equal citizenship at the heart of any immigration reform plan.”
Donald Trump’s immigration plan that in part gained the support of Scott Walker is the exact opposite of a comprehensive solution. Trump’s plan was more pie in the sky race baiting that was designed to appeal to bigoted Republican primary voters.
What Walker, Trump, and the Republicans who support this scheme are ignoring is that any legislation to end birthright citizenship would be unconstitutional. The Fourteenth Amendment states, “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.”
The Fourteenth Amendment would have to be repealed for the Republican dream of ending birthright citizenship to become law. Republicans are costing themselves the 2016 election by supporting Trump’s overt racism. Every Republican that praises Trump’s plan is another nail in the Republican 2016 coffin.
Democrats have all been consistent in their support for immigration reform. If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, she has already pledged to continue, support, and defend the president’s executive orders on immigration. The odds of the next president getting to sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill remain slim, but the racist stance of immigrant hating Republican candidates has made it clear that the best chance for comprehensive immigration reform rests with electing a Democratic president in 2016.