``Trump, Anton, and their enablers are relying on phony history and altered documents in an attempt to change the American constitutional order... Those who don't want to take my word for it can consult this essay by James C. Ho, a conservative "originalist" who was recently appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by Donald Trump. Ho and I agree on little except this: The citizenship clause means what it says.''

There's essentially no doubt it would take a constitutional amendment to change "birthright citizenship". A debate on that isn't unreasonable; what is unreasonable is Trump's belief he can change something so fundamental by fiat, illegally, in a way that explicitly end-runs around the core checks and balances of our government. There's definitely a word for that...

Besides, there is little evidence (if any) that "anchor babies" are creating an immigration problem. Immigrants will readily leave their US-born children behind, as US-born babies don't actually provide any "anchor" for the parents. So, what's the anger about? The kids who are born in the US? How are they not Americans?

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