Two U.S. citizens with different backgrounds react to birthright citizenship


Tuesday, we learned President Donald Trump recently said he would consider ending birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution says all persons born in the United States are citizens of the U.S.

That’s something Alejandro Arias and Maribel Hernandez say is being challenged.

“What gives Trump the right to overthrow the 14th Amendment and say you should not be an American citizen?” says Alejandro Arias.

Arias, a senior at Wichita State, took what many would consider the more difficult path to U.S. citizenship.

“I think it took four to five years when we started applying to become a citizen, and I went through the entire process. I did the finger scans and took the test and I pledged,” he says.

He says his father came over during the Reagan administration, illegally, but later obtained his citizenship. His mother has a visa. Arias wasn’t born here but he says that shouldn’t make a difference.

“How are you going to tell someone who is born here that they are not good enough to be an American citizens?” Arias asks.

“I was born here, but like I said, I have undocumented parents, and I do have a lot of friends and family that are from here,” adds Maribel Hernandez.

Hernandez is a citizen because she was born here.

“Because of them, I have more opportunities,” she says.

Her parents are not.

Her citizenship rights are the exact kind President Trump may try to put an end to.

“It is really shocking, and I really couldn’t think our president could be that cruel,” she says.

While Hernandez and Arias found themselves on different paths to becoming U.S. Citizens, they consider themselves equals.

“We are all the same people, and we should all be treated the same,” says Hernandez.

“My argument against it, well it is the U.S. Constitution, why do we get to pick and choose the U.S. Constitution?” Arias adds.

When asked about the legality of possibly changing the Constitution, President Donald Trump said, “They’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”

Trump says White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal.

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