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Chinese-American rights group condemns U.S. gov't intention to end "birthright citizenship"

(Xinhua)    14:51, August 24, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 23 -- A Chinese-American rights advocacy group recently condemned U.S. government's intention to end "birthright citizenship" for immigrants living in the country.

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a San Francisco-based organization that defends the rights of Asian immigrants, including members of the Chinese community, on Thursday said the intention to revoke birthright citizenship granted to immigrants by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is full of racism.

"Trump's racist proposal that aims to achieve white supremacy indicates the racial discrimination history of the United States could possibly happen again, which would bring the American society back to the Chinese Exclusion era," said the CAA.

Trump told reporters outside the White House Wednesday that he was "very seriously" considering ending the right to citizenship for children born in the United States to non-citizens, but did not elaborate how.

Under the 14th Amendment, "all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."

The CAA accused Trump of taking advantage of the term "anchor babies," a pejorative wording to refer to children born to non-citizen mothers in a country that has birthright citizenship, to label the immigrant communities and make immigrants a scapegoat of the U.S. immigration system.

Aware of the impact of the discriminative immigration policy, the U.S.-based Chinese community has been fighting against the injustice of the U.S. executive branch, the CAA said.

As a population that was treated unfairly in history, they know well that immigrants can seek justice only after they come out and fight for it, the group said.

Hong Mei Pang, CAA director of advocacy, said that Trump's proposal, which comes in alignment with his anti-immigrants policy, only serves to divide the society, stir anti-immigrants sentiment, and manipulate various ethnic communities to instigate hostility against each other.

The Chinese community must unite with other colored communities to oppose Trump's biased policy and struggle for a more fair, equal and inclusive society, Pang said.

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