Christie questions 14th Amendment while New Jersey supports pathway to citizenship
New Jersey Gov. and presidential hopeful Chris Christie is calling for a reexamination of the 14th Amendment, which grants U.S. citizenship to all children born in U.S. soil, regardless of their parents’ immigration status.
In a radio appearance on Wednesday, Christie was asked for his opinion on birthright citizenship.
“I think all this stuff needs to be reexamined in light of the current circumstances,” he said. “(Birthright citizenship) may have made sense at some point in our history, but right now, we need to re-look at all that.”
However, New Jerseyians support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a poll released Monday by Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, which revealed the following:
- Sixty-four percent of New Jerseyians believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay and apply for U.S. citizenship, an increase of 12 points since 2012.
- 78 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independents, and even 51 percent of Republicans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States.