[Ads-l] QOTY candidate

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 8 19:45:32 EST 2018


> On Nov 8, 2018, at 6:34 PM, Andy Bach <afbach at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
>> Donald J. Trump, Oct. 29, 2018, telling the truth
> 
> Well, sort of ... not.

Well, actually the point is that if you look at what he actually said, he did say something true, albeit inadvertently:

>> "We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a
>> baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States.”

We are the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially *a citizen of the United States*. Jus soli does not allow those babies born in Canada or Ecuador to qualify as citizens of the U.S.  

LH

> At least 30 countries subscribe to the principle of *jus soli*, wherein a
> person’s citizenship is based on the territory of his or her birth. Simply
> put, birthright citizenship. Jus soli is law in Canada, the United States
> and nearly every country in South and Central America.
> 
> “In Europe, 8 countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Italy,
> Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) have strong jus soli
> dispositions, where children born from foreign parents can acquire
> nationality quite easily (for example, in France, with a 5 years residency
> condition)," wrote Charline Becker
> <https://www.statelessness.eu/blog/jus-soli-miraculous-solution-prevent-statelessness>
> of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights organization. “And
> seventeen states have safeguards allowing otherwise stateless children to
> acquire the nationality when they are born in the territory.”
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/10/30/trump-says-no-other-country-has-birthright-citizenship-hes-wrong/?utm_term=.0622b90ee886
> 
> On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 7:39 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> 
>> "We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a
>> baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States.”
>> —Donald J. Trump, Oct. 29, 2018, telling the truth
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