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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Aside from the political fallout, the legal gymnastics and the bureaucratic nightmare involved with ending birthright citizenship -- as many GOP 2016ers are proposing -- changing the policy could have a negative effect on a particular community that Republicans are attempting to woo: the tech sector, where high-skilled immigrants play a valuable role.

“We want the best and the brightest to be able to come to this country,” said Todd Schulte, executive director of tech lobbying firm FWD.us, in an interview with TPM. “So how does it make sense for the tech community or our country to tell people ‘please create jobs, please pay taxes, please grow the economy,’ but your children who are born here, they aren't Americans?"

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Last week, a local council in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish voted against changing an existing street name to Martin Luther King Boulevard, but not before a heated debate among its residents, seen in a video posted by Nola.com Monday.

The proposal to change the name of half-mile stretch of roadway in the parish’s predominantly black community Violet was first introduced by the local NAACP in March, according to WDSU News. Rev. Kevin Gabriel, president of the local NAACP chapter, told reporters at last Tuesday’s meeting that 28 of the 34 households on the street signed the petition in support of the changing the name from Colonial Boulevard to Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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Since jumping into the GOP 2016 race, Donald Trump has caused the Republican establishment nothing but headaches, spewing nasty rhetoric, proposing outlandish policies and inspiring other presidential candidates to do the same.

Despite all this, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said over the weekend that Trump was a “net positive” for the Republican Party.

“I think it brings a lot of interest to the Republican field,” Priebus said.

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Turns out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) isn't so comfortable being grouped in with Donald Trump's hardline anti-immigration stances after all.

Asked by CNBC's John Harwood about ending birthright citizenship — an effort Trump has endorsed — Walker said Friday, "I'm not taking a position on it one way or another."

He added, "Until you secure the borders and enforce the laws, any discussion about anything else is really looking past the very things we have to do."

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Ending birthright citizenship, politically speaking, would be nearly impossible. But if such a change was achieved, implementation wouldn’t be much easier. And in an ironic twist for big-government-hating conservatives, ending birthright citizenship would be an ideological nightmare.

Eliminating the longstanding and constitutionally enshrined practice of granting every child born on U.S. soil citizenship would create its own set of complicated and costly bureaucratic obstacles, immigration lawyers say. More than just remove an alleged “magnet” for people to immigrate here illegally, ending birthright citizenship would deeply impact the lives of all Americans.

“Everyone benefits from the fact that they just have to show their birth certificate to show that they’re an American citizen and have all the rights of an American citizen,” Bill Stock, president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told TPM.

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Jeb Bush on Thursday defended his use of the term "anchor babies" in an interview earlier this week, but said that he "didn't use it as my own language."

During a scrum with reporters that The Washington Post described as "one of his most aggressive exchanges with reporters to date," Bush pushed back at reporters who asked whether he regretted using the term.

"No, I didn’t — I don’t, I don’t regret it. No, do you have a better term?” Bush said, according to The Hill, later adding, “You give me a better term and I’ll use it, I’m serious.”

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With Donald Trump making the elimination of birthright citizenship a central 2016 topic, The Wall Street Journal rounded up the numbers as to who benefits from the U.S.'s longstanding practice of granting citizenship to children born on American soil regardless of their parents' legal status.

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 4.5 million children of undocumented immigrants have citizenship thanks to the practice, the Wall Street Journal reported, and 300,000 children annually are born in the United States to undocumented immigrants, Pew figures say.

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Coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, the current debate over ending birthright citizenship sounds like the latest in a series of outlandish proposals thrown out by the recalcitrant billionaire to stir the support of an anti-immigrant base.

Trump’s plan was even too much for Bill O’Reilly, who told him, "That’s not going to happen because the 14th Amendment says if you’re born here, you’re an American and you can’t kick Americans out."

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