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Why can't Donald Trump revoke birthright citizenship?

14th Amendment to the US Constitution, Section 1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state ...
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Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries?

For many countries, the decision to allow visa free travel is based on the likelihood of abuse of the immigration system. In the case of Mauritius, the judgement is that Mauritian citizens do not ...
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How does Israel decide what DNA is Jewish?

They don't decide what DNA is Jewish. The article you link says (their bolding): A DNA result that “proves” your Jewish origins does not grant the right to make aliyah according to the Law of Return. ...
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Are Non-Muslims from the banned countries allowed into the US?

No, all non-citizens and non-green card holders from these countries will not be allowed into the US. The text of the Executive Action: I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

This practice has been going on for decades - if a child's parents are criminally prosecuted and held in federal prison awaiting trial, then family separation must occur as a consequence as children ...
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What are the upsides of having a birthright citizenship policy?

Birth tourism is a side effect of a policy adopted for other reasons. But a simple rule that everyone is born in a country is a citizen of the country is easy to explain, enforce and defend ...
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How do politicians on the Left side of the political spectrum reconcile the need to protect workers with the support for immigration?

I don't think that there is anything to reconcile. As you said, left-wing politicians support strong regulation for workers rights and a high minimum wage. The poorest workers make minimum wage, so ...
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What are the differences between Trump's old travel ban and the new one?

There are a few major difference between the two executive orders. Basic information Both executive orders share the same name, but has different numbers. Initial Order: Protecting the Nation from ...
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Why can't Donald Trump revoke birthright citizenship?

A President can revoke birthright citizenship, it's just that the revocation would likely be immediately challenged by courts, and potentially never enforced if it's found to be unconstitutional. ...
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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary? The US Constitution just requires that the President be a "natural-born citizen". It doesn't say anything ...
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How do politicians on the Left side of the political spectrum reconcile the need to protect workers with the support for immigration?

This a good question, because what seems intuitive is often not exactly so. In this case, immigration doesn't lower wages. For example: a 2016 report by the London School of Economics found that the ...
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Do immigrants to the US use up more welfare?

The two points are not incompatible; the first type of study says that immigrants aren't particularly attracted to countries/states with high welfare benefits, as opposed to (say) high salaries. The ...
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Are Non-Muslims from the banned countries allowed into the US?

Although the ban is nominally targeted at everyone of certain nationalities, it specifically excludes people from religious minorities in those countries. Because these are Muslim majority countries, ...
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Why are non-Schengen countries excluded from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

The official rationale, according to Trump's presidential proclamation, is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could become overwhelmed "if sustained human-to-human transmission ...
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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK?

The BBC has a great overview of the impact of immigration on the UK. It uses a variety of sources and is in agreement with studies done on the subject. Immigration has been a great benefit to the UK ...
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What has the reaction from the EU been to Trump suspending travel from the whole 26-country Schengen zone?

There have been a number of reactions from the EU so far - some official, others not so much. I've decided, in the world of Twitter diplomacy, to count tweets from ministers and current/former heads ...
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What are the differences between Trump's old travel ban and the new one?

Adding some points to Panda's answer: The new order clarifies the situation for dual citizens. Travelers will be treated based on the passport they present; for instance, a British citizen can still ...
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Why hasn't Kamala Harris visited the US-Mexico Border?

This question, or something similar, has been put to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki a number of times over the past couple of months. The common theme of the responses is that VP Harris' brief ...
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To what degree were families separated in the US - Mexico border before Trump?

Previous administrations, and the Trump administration until a few months ago, had a policy where only some people caught crossing the border illegally would be subjected to criminal prosecution (like ...
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What does European Union "freedom of movement" mean, and how much can individual countries restrict intra-EU immigration?

Summary: In general, EU citizens can enter any other EU country and travel or work freely but not necessarily stay as long they want, especially if they don't have a job. Full freedom of movement ...
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Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries?

The premise of this question is questionable. The Mauritian passport is not especially strong. The Wikipedia article quoted in the question is citing the Henley and Partners Visa Restrictions Index ...
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Have any polls surveyed the opinion of Brexit supporters on the recent decision on Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders?

A YouGov poll just published today shows significant support across the political spectrum: The full results show that the level of support among Leavers (62%) is nearly as high as that among Stayers ...
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What are the upsides of having a birthright citizenship policy?

Generally speaking, countries have citizens, legal residents, and tourists. Citizens have a right to stay, to work, etc. Citizenship is usually inheritable. Usually this right cannot be revoked ...
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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK?

There are several broad groups of immigration, for which different approaches are required to ensure maximum benefit to the host country. Refugees / asylum seekers There are absolutely no benefits ...
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Is there an officially stated reason why Trump's ban includes Iran and Iraq, but not Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, or Pakistan?

Because Congress and the Obama administration said so. From the official Department of Homeland Security announcement: Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security had sixty days to ...
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Trump's temporary ban and green card holders

tl;dr The ban does not apply to green card holders, however it makes entry to the US for non-citizens more difficult due to additional background checks. Explanation Text of the Executive Action: I ...
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Is NHS reliance on foreign doctors typical?

The UK does have one of the highest percentages but not the highest. So yes, the same phenomena is common to plenty of other developed nations, although "typical" might be to much of a strong word. ...
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Is the Trump administration defending the old travel ban (13769) in court?

No, the old travel ban (EC 13769) is revoked and the Justice Department has dismissed its appeal of the Seattle federal court ruling. Executive Order 13769 is revoked as stated in the last few lines ...
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How do politicians on the Left side of the political spectrum reconcile the need to protect workers with the support for immigration?

Empirical Measurement: Is there competition between migrants and local workers? Distributional effects Economic theory predicts that similar type of workers are competing with each other, but ...
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Are there EU countries that offer a path to citizenship for non-EU foreign workers?

Questions of citizenship and migration from third countries are reserved to the member states of the EU, so the rules differ between the 28. EU-wide: The EU "blue card scheme" is modelled on the US ...

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