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

Entry from US English dictionary

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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  • But both sides agree, the debate should not be focused on the issue of birthright citizenship, but on reforming immigration altogether, the same complex issue that has challenged this country for generations.
  • These asymmetries have occurred in the various categories of specific rights and obligations, including not only voting and taxation, but inclusion in the pool of jurors, the obligation to avoid vagrancy, and entitlement to birthright citizenship.
  • It sought to toughen penalties against illegal immigration and alien smuggling, end birthright citizenship for the U.S.-born children of illegal alien mothers, and increase the size of the Border Patrol.

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