Donald Trump has released a position paper on immigration that includes a potshot at Nevada’s Sen. Harry Reid.
“End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said ‘no sane country’ would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants,” the paper states.
Yes, Reid used those very words, though it was in 1993, and, as with so many things, Harry has evolved since then.
Harry said in a Senate floor speech:
“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? 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 access to all public and social services this country provides. Now that’s a lot of services. Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayer expense at county run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers?”
Earlier this year, Republican Sen. David Vitter wanted to offer an amendment to stop so-called birthright citizenship in which the child of parents in the country illegally is automatically granted citizenship simply because of where it is born here. This is because of an 1898 Supreme Court interpretation of the 14th Amendment.
Harry Reid called the proposal “Vitter’s stupid amendment.
This is Reid in that 1993 stance: