Trump Administration Moves to Limit Citizenship for Legal Immigrants

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Senior Advisor to the president Stephen Miller is seen during an immigration event with US President Donald Trump in the South Court Auditorium, next to the White House, on June 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

With the stream of headlines about immigration coming from the U.S.-Mexico border, you may have overlooked news about discussions within the Trump administration that could alter who can become a U.S. citizen. According to recent reports, a new proposal from White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller aims to make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have received government benefits, like Obamacare. We’ll discuss the Trump Administration's proposed changes to pathways to citizenship and explore how citizenship has been historically obtained and defined in the U.S.


Deep Gulasekaram, professor of law, Santa Clara University School of Law

Tal Kopan, politics reporter, CNN

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies, Center for Immigration Studies