Birthright As Wedge Issue

Adam Serwer takes aim at advocates of repeal:

Depending on how it's done, repealing birthright citizenship would increase the population of undocumented immigrants from 11 million today to between 16 million and 24 million by 2050.

But if your goal is reducing the number of Latino citizens, rather than stopping illegal immigration, then the policy makes sense. It's still an unconstitutional symbolic gesture that won't do any good, but it's the kind of culture-war-driven governance that the conservative base is looking for.