U.S. One of Just 30 Countries With Birthright Citizenship-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
The United States is one of just 30 countries that have birthright citizenship laws on the books, making it an outlier.
Counting the United States, there are just 33 countries that still have birthright citizenship laws on the books.
The issue of birthright citizenship in America emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign with President Donald Trump coming out in support of repealing the 14th Amendment, which states: “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.” The 14th Amendment has been on the books since 1952.
Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship was widely discussed and debated at the time, and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on August 23, 2015, that “actually, there are only 30 countries that practice birthright citizenship making the U.S. kind of an anomaly.”
The claim that the U.S. is one of just 30 country that offers birthright citizenship has been circulating ever since, and it’s mostly true. NumbersUSA, an organization that advocates for more restrictive immigration laws, reports that the United States and Canada are the only developed nations in the world that offer birthright citizenship to tourists and illegal aliens. The organization notes that a handful of countries have repealed birthright citizenship laws in recent decades, including Australia (2007), New Zealand (2005), Ireland (2005), France (1993), India (1987), the U.K (1983) and Portugal (1981).
Today, no countries in the European Union have birthright citizenship laws. The vast majority of the 33 countries that do have birthright citizenship laws are located in South America.
Given all that, we’re calling claims that the United States is one of the only developed nations to offer birthright citizenship true. It should be noted, however, that President Trump falsely claimed that Mexico didn’t have birthright citizenship during a debate in 2015.
Is it true that only 30 countries have birthright citizenship?