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Donald Trump has done it again. As a follow up to infamously calling a pumping mom "disgusting," the Republican presidential candidate has now decided to attack innocent babies. That's right: babies. Trump's latest ratings ploy involves him telling the world that he doesn't consider babies born in the United States to undocumented immigrant parents—offensively referred to as "anchor babies"—American citizens.
In an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, Trump rails on against these U.S.-born children, "I don't think they have American citizenship and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers—and I know some will disagree, but many of them agree with me—and you're going to find they do not have American citizenship."
He further rants, "We have to start a process where we take back our country. Our country is going to hell."
Trump claims that many people in Mexico come to the U.S. for just "a couple days" to have a baby and gain some sort of leverage to citizenship themselves. Douglas Massey, the co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, disagrees. Massey tells the LA Times that this entire notion is "ludicrous" and notes that those "citizen kids cannot petition for the entry of their parents until they are 21, and if the parent is here illegally, they are barred from applying until 10 years after they are eligible. So it's not like they were sitting around in Mexico planning to have a baby in the States so 31 years later, they could apply for residency."
Apparently the presidential hopeful isn't aware of—or clearly doesn't care about—the Fourteenth 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 the State wherein they reside."
While Trump has expressed that he has no interest in abolishing the amendment because it would take too long, he does want to explore "whether or not anchor babies are citizens because a lot of people don't think they are." And when an ABC News correspondent recently asked Trump if he was aware that the phrase "anchor baby" was considered offensive, Trump predictably replied, "You mean it's not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?"
But don't worry, everyone, Trump is willing to be lenient for "the good ones"—whatever that means.