Fact check: A viral tweet about Ivanka Trump's children's birthright citizenship.

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Film critic Denizcan Grimes posted a tweet about the the birth right citizenship of the first lady of the U.S. He claimed the following:

Denizcan Grimes on Twitter

Ivana Trump wasn’t a US citizen until 1988. She gave birth to Don Jr in 1977, Ivanka in 1981, and Eric in 1984. Let’s cancel their birthright citizenship first.

Claim1 : 

” Ivana Trump wasn’t a US citizen until 1988″

Fact Check 1 : True. 

This claim is true according to an edition of Lewiston Journal, that has been published on May 27, 1988.  

A CNN report about Trump’s immigrant wives mentioned that ” She [Ivana] and Trump married in 1977, but she didn’t become an American citizen for another 11 years”.

Claim 2: 

” She gave birth to Don Jr in 1977, Ivanka in 1981, and Eric in 1984.”

Fact check 2: True.

This claim is true. Donald Trump Jr., Donald and Ivana Trump’s first child, was born in 1977, according to this report by business insider,  followed by Ivanka in 1981 according to this report by daily mail,  and Eric in 1984.


Legal Context of the Claim:

President Trump has so far suggested that he intends to override the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which states that “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 wherein they reside.” This would remove or alter jus soli, the right to citizenship of any individual born in the United States. If these suggested changes had been implemented at the time of their births, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump would have no claim to jus soli.

However, they would still have the right to American citizenship under jus sanguinis, or the “right of blood”, which policy is also implemented in the United States. Since 1855, U.S. law (10 Stat. 604) has stated that “persons heretofore born, or hereafter to be born, out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, whose fathers were or shall be at the time of their birth citizens of the United States, shall be deemed and considered and are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States.” If jus soli was removed or altered in the United States, jus sanguinis would still apply to Donald Trump’s three children, as he was a U.S. citizen at the times of their births.


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