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Who Would Be Affected By Ending Birthright Citizenship?

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Supporters for ending birthright citizenship say the policy attracts immigrants to cross the border in order to deliver so-called "anchor babies." Most legal scholars contend that birthright citizenship is enshrined in the 14th Amendment, so some Republicans are now floating a constitutional amendment. Others on the right believe the practice could be changed merely with legislation.

The Wall Street Journal tally also cited a Migrant Policy Center report that shows that the number of undocumented immigrants would increase to 16 million by 2050 if birthright citizenship is ended.