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Latino Caucus reacts to Trump's birthright citizenship threats

14th amend

 

Members of the Illinois Senate Latino Caucus have reacted today to news that President Donald Trump is claiming he will issue an executive order that would end the practice of birthright citizenship. The practice is specified in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 

State Sen. Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“Trump continues his fearmongering against immigrants by completely undermining our constitution in his announcement that he will attempt to end birthright citizenship. Recent events have showed us how dangerous this type of rhetoric against any group of people has become. I denounce this attack on our constitution and continue to stand with our immigrant population.”

State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is tired of President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional ploys. This week, Trump announced his plans to end birthright citizenship for babies born to noncitizens changing a Constitutional right that was established by the nation’s founding fathers.

“Once again, President Trump is abusing his office to attract support from right wing extremists,” Castro said. “We need to work together as a society to embrace the contributions diversity brings to our nation, state and society instead of pitting people against each other. Plain and simple, the president’s actions are illegal.”   

Trump is attempting to make changes to the fourteenth amendment which was adopted on July 9, 1868 as one of the Reconstruction Amendments to address citizenship rights and equal protections of the law.  U.S. Presidents cannot change the Constitution by issuing an executive order.

“Despite his complete and utter ignorance, President Trump cannot singlehandedly change the Constitution to exercise his will,” Castro said. “In times like this we need to come together as a community and spread kindness and generosity whenever possible.”

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez issued the following statement today on President Trump’s desire to end birthright citizenship by executive order:

“This is just another example of the president saying something outrageous to drum up support. The president alone does not have the authority to override the Constitution. He knows this, and yet he is once again stoking fear and division.

“What he is proposing is not only unconstitutional – it is un-American. At its core, America is about welcoming people and giving them a chance at a better life. We must continue to fight this racist rhetoric and ensure the immigrant families in our state know they are welcome.”

Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) responded to Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship by executive order with the following statement:

“Trump’s proposed executive order assumes he or any President has the sole authority to change our constitution. It’s an insult to the very document that guarantees our rights as Americans. This is another tactic to gain popularity by instilling fear of our immigrant community in his supporters.

State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chair of the Latino Caucus, released the following response to President Trump’s announcement that he would disregard the U.S. Constitution:

"People seeking asylum in this country have a human right to be treated with dignity. I will continue to be a voice for immigrants who have contributed so much to my district, our state and country.”

“There’s real danger in America; in places of worship, in grocery stores, in newsrooms and in schools. Yet our president is marching thousands of military troops to the border to address a nebulous threat of people he believes dangerous not because of any prior actions but because of the color of their skin.

“This announcement is but another attempt from the president to narrow the definition of ‘American’ and to rile up the extremists that find refuge for their hate in the party of Trump.

“We’re better than this as Americans, and I encourage everyone to utilize their sacred Constitutional rights in the coming weeks and years to guarantee our founding document is not lost forever because of one man’s knack for manufacturing outrage.” (Read Sandoval's full statement here)