The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has come under fire for his plan to sign an executive order that aims to officially end birthright citizenship in America. One of the voices who expressed dissatisfaction with this plan is Indian-American Hollywood actress Mindy Kaling.
Kaling, born from Indian immigrant parents who received green cards to live in the US, asked questions on her Twitter post on Tuesday, Oct. 31, on what will happen to her citizenship once this executive order gets signed.
Wait. I was born in the United States to two Indian professionals who later became proud citizens of this country. So… now I would be a citizen of India? My contributions to this country would be as a foreigner with no rights?
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) October 30, 2018
“Wait. I was born in the United States to two Indian professionals who later became proud citizens of this country,” the 39-year-old actress and comedian wrote. “So… now I would be a citizen of India? My contributions to this country would be as a foreigner with no rights?”
Her father, Avu Chokalingam, was an architect, and her late mother, Swati Chokalingam, was an OB-GYN, Huffington Post reported.
The controversial plan was revealed during an interview of Trump with HBO show “Axios,” and the full interview is scheduled to air on November 4, according to AsAm News.
Birthright citizenship is reportedly protected under the 14th amendment that was signed in 1868, which guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the United States to parents who are citizens of another country.
“You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” Trump said in the short interview teaser. “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits.”
The Asian American Advancing Justice, after hearing Trump’s announcement, quickly denounced the president.
“Birthright citizenship has been in our constitution since 1868, and it’s all thanks for Chinese American Wong Kim Ark. Any threats to the Fourteenth Amendment violate our constitution,” the group said in its statement.