Trump plans to end citizenship by birth
President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order to end citizenship by birth for the children of people who are undocumented or unauthorized within the United States.
“You can definitely do it with a congressional act, but now you’re saying I can do it with an executive order… It’s in the process. It’s going to happen… with an executive order,” Trump said in an interview with the cybernetic publication Axios.
The 14th amendment to the United States Constitution establishes that all persons born or naturalized in the country got the citizenship of the United States and the state where they reside, for which no entity can enact a law that cancels that right. “How ridiculous, we are the only country in the world where a person comes, has a baby and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all the benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous and it has to end,” Trump insisted.
The US president said he has discussed the issue with White House lawyers. “It was always said that a constitutional amendment was needed. Guess what: you do not need it,” he finished. Trump’s perspective is however disputed by some legal experts, who consider that an amendment to the Constitution is required to unify amendment 14, and that it is not possible to do so through an executive order of the president.
“Ending executive action would be the most dramatic of the actions of Trump’s hard-line campaign against immigration, this time targeting the so-called baby anchor and chain migration,” Axios said. “Undoubtedly he would launch a battle in the courts, the power of Trump to do that through an action is debatable,” Axios added.
The Pew Research Center estimates that about 7.5 percent of all births in the United States, about 300,000 a year, correspond to undocumented persons.
You can see the interview below:
With info from Axios
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