Perez Hilton gets totally obliterated after he defends Trump.
The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, written in 1868, that states:
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.
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said. “I can do it just with an executive order.”
(For the record: This isn’t true)
Perez Hilton decided to weigh in on the debate. Hilton tweeted:
I don’t agree with Donald Trump on many things, but I DO think that if a child is born in America to parents who are here illegally that they should not be granted automatic citizenship. And I say this as a liberal and Latina! https://t.co/AcLNjB9C37
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) October 30, 2018
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How is it that Perez Hilton sees any difference in the way that he and I were born US citizens to Cuban parents and any other child born to immigrants? That he wants to deny future generations the rights he’s so enjoyed because of an arbitrary cut-off date? Shameful
— Monica Castillo 🦇🎃💀 (@mcastimovies) October 31, 2018
You know what? I say this with a clear conscience: I hope Perez Hilton burns in hell. I hope he has the most brutal year imaginable. A white Latino man tweeting that shit about our suffering hermanxs? Fuck you and your privilege. You are condemning these people to so much pain.
— pitaya princesa 🇳🇮 (@corietweets2u) October 31, 2018
Blogger Yara Simón over at REMEZCLA explains why Hilton’s stance is so problematic:
While Hilton–aka Mario Lavandeiro–is the son of immigrants, his family doesn’t have the typical immigrant experience. Because they came from Cuba, the US government put his family on the path of citizenship through the now terminated wet-foot, dry-foot policy that allowed those from the Caribbean island to pursue residency a year after their arrival.
Even as immigration laws tightened, the government granted Cubans (who made the very dangerous journey by sea) this protection, which helped them start their lives in a new country without fear of deportation. However, for many other immigrants also fleeing poverty, violence, and oppression, they make the also treacherous journey to the US, and they often have no way to adjust their status.
Hilton, who was born in Miami, speaks from a position of privilege. If birthright citizenship had not existed at the time of his birth, he likely would have been OK, but it’s because his family had a protection that many others didn’t.