OCA Vehemently Condemns President’s Political Distraction

30 October 2018
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Senior Communications Associate
tnguyen@ocanational.org | 202.223.5500
Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is extremely alarmed at President Trump’s intent to end birthright citizenship. Yesterday, the President told “Axios on HBO” of his plans to end family immigration through an executive order that would terminate the right to citizenship to children of non-citizens born on U.S. soil. His plan challenges the 1898 case, United States v. Wong Kim Ark. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that Wong Kim Ark, who was born in San Francisco to Chinese parents who were permanent residents, was naturally a citizen of the United States and guaranteed the protections and birthrights of a U.S. citizen. The United States is one of thirty countries in the Western Hemisphere that guarantees birthright citizenship.
We strongly condemn the President’s plan to terminate birthright citizenship. This is another example of his attempts to incite fear about immigrant communities and a clear example of executive overreach. Our communities see this plan and announcement for what it is: a political distraction.  President Trump does not have the unilateral authority to rewrite the Constitution. Any statement to the contrary is false. What our country needs is unity and actual immigration reform that protects immigrant communities rather than ill-disguised political ploys attacking our families.

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).