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About "Executive Orders"
As a part of his immigration reform, President Trump has stated his intention to end birth-right citizenship through an executive order. The 14th amendment states that “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.” Interpretations of the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” vary, some believing that this clause indicates that the children of immigrants to the US are not awarded citizenship by the amendment.
President Trump’s intention to use executive power to end birth-right citizenship has stirred a national discussion on illegal immigration and how it relates to the separation of powers. On Trump’s side, immigration is an executive responsibility that may be narrowed by the President. On the other hand, Trump’s proposed executive order would violate precedent set in 1898 stating that all persons born in the US are citizens regardless of how they got here.
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Rachel Donka competed in NCFCA and Stoa for 6 years. Over the course of her competitive years, she participated in 12 different speech events and three styles of debate, ranking highly on the national level. Her NITOC victories include 1st in Lincoln-Douglas, 2nd in Parli, 3rd in extemp, and 2nd in overall national ranking in 2016.