President Donald Trump's Acting Director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, on Wednesday drew nationwide outrage after posting a new USCIS policy that effectively steals the right to automatic citizenship at birth from some of the children of members of the military and foreign service stationed overseas.
Instead of being automatically granted citizenship, some children will have to apply to become U.S. citizens. Previously, they were considered having been born on U.S. soil and thus were automatically granted citizenship.
The outrage was immediate and palpable after a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle broke the news on Twitter.
Today USCIS issued guidance that DHS "no longer considers children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forc… https://t.co/4bpoD5GA35— Tal Kopan (@Tal Kopan)1567013006.0
Speaker Pelosi was just one of a countless number of people furious with this latest attack on members of the U.S. Military and Foreign Service.
America’s servicemembers & diplomats abroad are among our nation’s best, yet @realDonaldTrump is launching an attac… https://t.co/MbyQmpyK0y— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1567041761.0
Some are saying this is a first step from the anti-immigrant Cuccinelli to begin an end to birthright citizenship, the right – guaranteed by the Constitution but opposed by many Republicans including President Trump – that anyone born on U.S. soil is automatically a U.S. citizen.
The outrage has continued. #TrumpHatesMilitaryFamilies has been trending on Twitter. Take a look at some of the responses to the Trump administration's new policy:
From the moment this draft-dodging coward said John McCain wasn't a hero because he was captured, I KNEW something… https://t.co/x2jjDJdWKx— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1567081679.0
WHY is @realDonaldTrump treating American military babies as undocumented and under suspicion? Anti-immigrant an… https://t.co/D5WNgqDrZf— David Leavitt (@David Leavitt)1567076132.0
My dad was an army officer, which is why I was born in a military hospital —where army doctors saved my life as a… https://t.co/UtcgJBcb0o— Cornell William Brooks (@Cornell William Brooks)1567075793.0
@JoeBiden came out and condemned Trump moves. Will reverse on Day 1. Obviously, #TrumpHatesMilitaryFamilies post ot… https://t.co/tmPC4f7Nwa— Malcolm Nance (@Malcolm Nance)1567083268.0
I am getting so sick and tired of the US being a greedy country but now we have a facist leader, you know the type… https://t.co/WgW6q82kKC— C.L. Smith (@C.L. Smith)1567066437.0
A man too chicken shit to serve himself yet again screws those brave enough to do what he wouldn’t! In fact, his e… https://t.co/UfWSJwGMq0— Mary H. Anderson (@Mary H. Anderson)1567085791.0
If Trump was good for military & veteran families, this account and my advocacy wouldn't be necessary. When I go t… https://t.co/P7Amf3cmuB— Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon) (@Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon))1567052070.0
Our courageous Women and Men in uniform, putting their lives on the line daily, and draft-dodging Cadet Bonespurs w… https://t.co/SoyMdBOsKY— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1567047646.0
Just consider how twisted this is. Trump’s administration is saying that when active members of OUR OWN MILITARY gi… https://t.co/E2FXSGjpWH— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈)1567040710.0
I come from a military family. My dad and mom served in the U.S Airforce. My dad fought in Vietnam and mom patched… https://t.co/hzDksaowWq— Tonya Sims (@Tonya Sims)1567047687.0