Your thoughts on citizenship?

Paul Mulshine, writing in the Star Ledger of Newark, N.J., had this to say about Donald Trump’s call to end birthright citizenship (you know, any baby born in this country, even if the mom has been here for only 10 minutes, is automatically an American citizen): "The idea that a person became a citizen by accident of being born here is a relic of the 19th century, when travel was arduous and time -consuming. These days anyone can jump on a jet and be here in half a day or less. That’s why almost every country in the world bans birthright citizenship."

He said that calling for a constitutional amendment is a way "of ducking the issue" because Congress has the power "to set rules on citizenship and could do so." If it did, wrote Mulshine, the issue would go to the Supreme Court where, "I suspect that the judges would decide the framers intended to include all freed slaves … but did not intend to grant citizenship to casual visitors."

There is a logic there with which we find it hard to disagree, yet many pundits have called Trump’s idea racist. What, we wonder, do you think? Email us at