Ted Cruz in 2011: Legal Arguments Against Birthright Citizenship ‘Not Very Good’

In 2011 on “The Duke Machado Show,” then-U.S. Senate candidate from Texas Ted Cruz said the legal arguments against ending birthright citizenship “are not very good.”

Cruz said, “The 14th Amendment provides for birthright citizenship. I’ve looked at the legal arguments against it, and I will tell you as a Supreme Court litigator, those arguments are not very good. As much as someone may dislike the policy of birthright citizenship, it’s in the U.S. Constitution. And I don’t like it when federal judges set aside the Constitution because their policy preferences are different.”

He added, “And so in my view I think it is a mistake for conservatives to be focusing on trying to fight what the Constitution says on birthright citizenship. I think we are far better off focusing on securing the border, because birthright citizenship wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t have people coming in illegally.”

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