Harry Reid’s Comments on Birthright Citizenship May Surprise You
President Trump made headlines on Tuesday when he told Axios he would sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship.
“You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” he told the publication. “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits,” Trump continued. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
It may surprise some that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Read (D-NV) also thought birthright citizenship was “ridiculous.” In a 1993 speech on the Senate floor, the senator said “no sane country” would offer such a “reward” for being an illegal immigrant.
“If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right?” Reid said. “Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services this society provides. And that’s a lot of services.”
He continued: “Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayer expense at country-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers?”.
According to Fox News, Reid reversed his stance in 1999 after the AFL-CIO changed its position on birthright citizenship. Since then, the Nevada Senator has called his speech the “low point” of his career.