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Bill Day’s latest: Donald Trump drops “anchor” while GOP parrots the leader

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A legal right to citizenship for all children born on American soil, regardless of parentage, is a concept that arose from British common law. That means the idea predates not only the U.S. Constitution, but also the United States itself. Coincidentally, without birthright citizenship, several in the GOP field – including Marco Rubio (whose parents are from Cuba), Jeb Bush (whose wife Columba was born in Mexico) and even Trump himself (his grandparents were German immigrants) – could have struggled with status as naturalized…

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