PRESIDENT TRUMP’s youngest son Barron dragged into birthright citizenship debate

Trump’s youngest son Barron at centre of birthright citizenship debate

Donald Trump embraces his son Barron Trump in 2016. Photo / Getty Images
Donald Trump embraces his son Barron Trump in 2016. Photo / Getty Images
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The US President recently revealed plans to sign an executive order that would prevent babies born in the country to parents who aren’t citizens getting automatic citizenship.

On October 30, Twitter user @davenewworld made a post stating that Barron would no longer be considered an American citizen under the new laws.

“Fun fact: Barron Trump was born in March 2006 and Melania wasn’t a legal citizen until July 2006,” the user wrote. “So under this executive order, his own son wouldn’t be an American citizen.”

Fifty Shades of Whey@davenewworld_

Fun fact: Barron Trump was born in March 2006 and Melania wasn’t a legal citizen until July 2006.

So under this executive order, his own son wouldn’t be an American citizen.

CBS News

@CBSNews

President Trump says he plans to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship, challenging a 150-year-old constitutional standard https://cbsn.ws/2P1bc1O 

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He posted the tweet in response to a CBS News article announcing Mr Trump’s plan to challenge the 150-year-old constitutional standard by ending birthright citizenship.

Various Twitter users retweeted and replicated the post, and it went viral after a screenshot was posted to the comic Facebook page The Good Lord Above, which has almost four million followers.

The only trouble? The claim is completely untrue.

Currently, birthright citizenship dictates that any child born in the US automatically becomes a US citizen at birth. It is this that Mr Trump wants to change.

This principle stems from the 14th amendment, which states: “All persons born or naturalised in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

But this isn’t the only thing protecting Barron.

Why are the Bushes, Clintons, Obamas and Melania smiling so broadly at a funeral?

 

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The Bush family with the Clintons, Obamas and Melania Trump at Barbara Bush’s funeral. Photograph: Paul Morse/AP

 

It’s an unusual group photo: they’re not family, they’re not friends, and they’re not a team. Rather, the official connection between them is that they have all lived in the country’s most important residence, whether as president or first lady – or in Hillary Clinton’s case, having attempted the double. They are there to honour the missing member of this exclusive club, the woman whose death has brought them to this moment. (The only living members missing are Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who were travelling.)

The warmth between them – Republican George W Bush with arms around both his wife and Democrat Hillary – is the camaraderie you often see between one-time partisan rivals now bonded by having shared a rare and extraordinary experience. (You see something similar in those pictures of duelling heavyweight boxers reunited in retirement.) But there’s something else too.
The picture is not sombre, even though this is a funeral. Obama and Bill Clinton are smiling broadly; W has that lopsided grin that suggests he’s cracked one of his fratboy jokes. They seem relaxed. And the source of that relaxation? Could it possibly be their collective relief that Trump is not there? That, surely, is the one thing this group can agree on.

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