Texas AFL-CIO Defends Birthright Citizenship, Constitution

The Texas AFL-CIO today defended birthright citizenship and the U.S. Constitution in response to President Trump's announcement that he intends to try to revise the 14th Amendment unilaterally.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement:

"Last we checked, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution still says this: 'All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.'"

"Trump's crazy move to cancel birthright citizenship by fiat must mean an election is coming up and the White House fears the message that voters are about to send. The timing - immediately after a national tragedy triggered in part by a gunman's hatred of immigrants - is despicable."

"Know this: The working people of Texas will defend the constitutional rights of immigrants. The Texas AFL-CIO believes so strongly in the sanctity of citizenship rights that we have launched our own Citizenship Program to guide eligible Texas residents through the naturalization process."

"Birthright citizenship is at the heart of immigrant rights, guaranteeing equal opportunity, equal justice and a fair shot for anyone born in the USA. No President can commandeer that right so long as the rule of law stands."