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Lindsey Graham: ‘Finally, a President Willing to Take on This Absurd Policy of Birthright Citizenship'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 30, 2018 | 12:48 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared support Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s imminent executive order ending America’s “absurd policy of birthright citizenship.”

“Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship, Graham said in a statement calling for an end to the policy that grants automatic citizenship to alien children born on U.S. soil.

“I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform – and at the same time – the elimination of birthright citizenship,” Sen. Graham said, promising to provide legislative backing to Trump’s executive order:

“In addition, I plan to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from President Trump.”

Birthright citizenship is overwhelming rejected as harmful by developed countries, Sen. Graham said, noting that the U.S. is one of only two developed countries to grant it:

“The United States is one of two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth. This policy is a magnet for illegal immigration, out of the mainstream of the developed world, and needs to come to an end.”

Canada also grants birthright citizenship, though there are a total of 30 countries worldwide that grant citizenship based on location of birth, according to WorldAtlas.com:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

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