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Local LULAC council opposes Trump plan to end birthright citizenship

Posted: 9:52 PM, Oct 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-30 23:17:23-04

A national organization that formed in Corpus Christi in 1929 is voicing opposition to President Trump’s plans to end birthright citizenship. The League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, says it will file a federal lawsuit if the President follows through with the executive order to end birthright that he announced in an interview with media outlet Axios released today.

“They will unequivocally and forcefully file a federal lawsuit to stop it,” LULAC Council #1 for Corpus Christi President Nick Adame said. “They’ll do what they have to do to prevent this from happening.”

Birthright citizenship comes from the 14th amendment that was added to the U.S. Constitution in 1868. It gives citizenship to anyone born or naturalized in the United States.

“For 150 years it has been something that’s been in existence and now we see an individual who wants to take it away by executive order,” Adame said.

It’s yet another battle with President Trump for LULAC. The organization also fought to end family separation at the Mexican border. Border patrol agents removed children from undocumented families caught sneaking into the U.S.

“We’re in an environment where we’re seeing our babies caged at the border, and now they want to take away the birthrights of a lot of babies,” Adame said. “LULAC’s stand is firm. They will unequivocally and forcefully file a federal lawsuit to stop it.”