President Trump Considering Executive Order to End Birthright Citizenship In United States
Mar01

President Trump Considering Executive Order to End Birthright Citizenship In United States

Birthright citizenship in the United States is pretty straightforward, according to the constitution. If you are born on U.S. soil, you are a U.S. citizen. Of course, there are other ways to become a citizen, such as naturalization or marriage. Birthright citizenship was added to the United States Constitution in 1868 by the 14th Amendment. Under the 14th Amendment and Supreme Court cases interpreting it, all persons born or naturalized in the U.S. are citizens of the United States. According to The Daily Signal, last fall, President Donald Trump expressed interest in ending universal birthright citizenship by way of executive order. The idea is controversial, both politically and legally. Most legal experts agree such an order would be unconstitutional. Nowadays, each year approximately 200,000 children are born in the United States to foreign students, tourists, and temporary guest workers — as reported by the U.S. Center for Immigration Studies. Similarly, according to Pew Research, the same amount of people are born to illegal immigrants — the U.S. government currently grants citizenship to all of them. President Trump and his supporters argue that ending universal birthright citizenship would help deter illegal immigration and provide substantial relief to American taxpayers. “The President wouldn’t need an act of Congress to change how executive agencies interpret and apply the 14th Amendment’s jurisdictional clause.” said Walter Myers, adjunct lecturer at Biola University and program chairperson for the Lincoln Club of Orange County. The New York Times reported last year that President has been preparing an executive order that would nullify the long-accepted constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship in the United States. “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 for 85 years, with all of those benefits,” said President Trump. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” President Trump initially believed he needed a constitutional amendment or action by Congress to make this change, but multiple news oulets have reported that the White House Counsel’s Office has advised him otherwise. “Now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” President Trump has said. According to the latest numbers from the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, more than 4 million children born in the U.S. live here with at least one undocumented parent. About 55% of those children live with one undocumented parent or two undocumented parents. The remaining 45% live with one undocumented parent and another who is here legally. Among adults nationwide, 62% believe the law should stand as...

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Net-Zero Energy Homes Surge In New Wave Of US Housing
Mar01

Net-Zero Energy Homes Surge In New Wave Of US Housing

Net-zero energy housing has officially arrived on the U.S. real estate market in major numbers. According to CNBC, there are 5,000 net-zero energy homes in the U.S. today and California could add 100,000 per year starting in 2020. Net-zero energy homes are built to optimize energy efficiency through airtight construction of foundations, walls, windows, and roofs. The EPA Energy Star Program estimates that properly sealing air leaks could slash energy bills by 20%. “Energy bills tend to be pretty high and onerous, and you usually have to sacrifice comfort for your energy bill or your energy bill for comfort, and we saw an opportunity to advance in this realm and become a leader,” said Brandon De Young, vice president of De Young Properties. De Young Properties first built a net-zero energy single-family house in central California in 2013. The average American home uses 7,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. The net-zero energy home had the potential to produce as much energy as it consumed in a single year. Four years later, in 2017, De Young would refine the home’s design for greater energy-efficiency and begin constructing three net-zero energy communities near Fresno, CA. Today, half of the first community has been constructed. Named Envision at Loma Vista, the community consists of 140 single-family homes, each one between $350,000 to $450,000. De Young Properties chose their investment well as the next generation of houses built in California will be built along similar lines. In December 2018, California passed a new law requiring new homes and multi-family residential buildings to include solar rooftop panels beginning in 2020. California may not be the first state to host solar panels, but they’re the first state to require them. Cities like Tucson, AZ and South Miami, FL have passed similar regulations. Considering solar power use has surged by about 20% annually over the last 15 years, it’s no wonder we’re seeing more and more of these innovations. California passed the solar panel law in the wake of the state’s series of wildfires. The fires are just a few of the natural disasters that have been linked to extreme weather patterns caused by climate change. The Net-Zero Energy Coalition estimates that the number of net-zero single-family homes will grow from 5,000 in 2019 to over 100,000 by 2020 based on the average new home constructions in California. “California by itself is one of the largest economies in the world,” said Jacob Corvidae, the principal of Rocky Mountain Institute. “What happens there has some impact, and it’s going to be an impact that has an effect on the rest of the country because they’re going to...

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