Bosnian-American WKU Student Reacts to White House Plan to Change Birthright Citizenship

Nov 16, 2018

Kenan Mujkanovic, a student at Western Kentucky University, was born in the U.S. to Bosnian immigrants.
Credit Kenan Mujkanovic

A Western Kentucky University student with birthright citizenship said he’s not worried about his legal status changing, despite recent statements from President Trump.

The president said he believes he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order. Legal scholars say the U.S. Constitution can’t be changed by a presidential order.


Kenan Mujkanovic was born in the United States to parents who escaped the genocide in Bosnia two decades ago. He’s also an author, entrepreneur, and full-time WKU student. He says many immigrant families are strong enough to weather the president’s threats.

“You know what my family’s been through,” he said. “I really think that this doesn’t compare to that. My family survived genocide. They’ve been through that, so I’m pretty sure they’re strong enough to fight whatever is coming their way.

Mujkanovic said the American political system helps protect people from the beliefs of the few.

“The system is made for the people of this country, and it’s not made for that one percent. We have the power to vote, and we have the power to put people in power.”