THE LEAD STORY - DEMOCRATIC HYPOCRISY ON BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP EXPOSED: President Trump ignited a national debate when, while speaking to "Axios on HBO," he announced his intention to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship, which he called "ridiculous" ... However, top Republicans are pointing to a 1993 speech by then-Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, in which the future Democratic Senate majority leader argued that "no sane country" would award citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born on its soil and promoted his own legislation to end the practice. In his speech, Reid advocated passing a law that would grant citizenship only to the children of mothers in the U.S. legally. Reid reversed his position in 1999, shortly after the powerful union group AFL-CIO changed its position to support birthright citizenship.
Within hours of the Reid clip surfacing Tuesday, Republican leaders were quick to highlight Democrats' changing tune on immigration. "Stopping the flow of illegal immigration used to be a bipartisan issue," Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman, wrote on Twitter. "But the Democrat leaders of today want to abolish ICE and open our borders." Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reposted an article about Reid's speech. - Reported by Gregg Re. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.
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