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birthright citizenship Syllabification: birth·right cit·i·zen·ship

Definition of birthright citizenship in English:

noun

A legal right to citizenship for all children born in a country’s territory, regardless of parentage: he wants to amend the Constitution to remove birthright citizenship
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  • Previous rulings have affirmed that nearly all such children were entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment.
  • A rising number of lawmakers want to end so-called birthright citizenship for babies who are born to illegal aliens.
  • The clause also excluded from birthright citizenship people who were not "subject to the jurisdiction thereof."

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