Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Trump Plan to Terminate Birthright Citizenship

October 30, 2018
Press Release

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s plan to terminate birthright citizenship through executive order:

“For more than a century, crossing Republican and Democratic administrations, it has been widely accepted that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants birthright citizenship.

“More than 30 countries provide birthright citizenship, contrary to the president’s claim that the U.S. is the only country to do so—a patently false assertion underpinning his argument for ending this long-standing policy.

“The president’s plan, announced just days before the 2018 midterm election, is a deliberate attempt to fan the flames of division and will only further polarize the nation at a time of desperate need for healing.”