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This post will be dealing with Birthright Citizenship mentioned in the 14th amendment, (which was added post Civil War and during the Reconstruction Era), and its implications in our lives today. The 14th amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States" including former slaves. This includes Birthright citizenship, which allows even children born to Immigrants or non US citizens to be identified as US citizens - regardless of their parents' status. Lately the issue of birthright citizenship has come up multiple times on the news along with Trump's new Immigration policies. Much debate surrounds the idea of granting automatic US citizen to children born to foreigners on US soil - including those of Refugees or Illegal Immigrants. "Trump recently has told CNN that he doesn't believe people born in the United States to undocumented immigrants are in fact American citizens" - although this is only his judgement, what would really would happen if birthright citizenship was taken away? This article attempts to bring the opposition to their senses. Experts warns that ending birthright citizenship would be a disaster. Hundreds of thousands would become 'stateless' children having no legal status and thus nowhere to go. Stateless persons cannot travel, vote, nor have access to education or healthcare. Without any legal status, it is near impossible to find a job and be a functioning member of society. According to the article, these circumstances can make individuals prone to crime, human trafficking, etc. The author says, "If the children of migrants were not granted citizenship in the United States, the problem of statelessness "could spiral out of control," he says. "It would be a humanitarian crisis within the United States." Birthright Citizenship has already been established in the Constitution by the ratification of the 14th amendment. It is a right given to all born on US soil who are willing to serve and sacrifice for this country. Taking this right away inevitably also takes away from American values, and the very things we stand for.