Donald Trump pushes for end to birthright citizenship

Minnie Murray
October 31, 2018

President Trump said in a newly released interview he plans to sign an executive order ending so-called "birthright citizenship" for babies of non-citizens born on US soil - a move that would mark a major overhaul of immigration policy and trigger an almost-certain legal battle.

According to CNN, he said this in a television interview taped on Monday.

If President Trump had simply said, "No country in Europe does this", he would have been more accurate, as even the less "advanced" economies who grant birthright citizenship are in North or South America.

Donald Trump says he's considering\an executive order nullifying birthright citizenship.

Ryan went on to say, "As a conservative, I'm a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear".

The White House didn't immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News on Tuesday about Trump's proposed executive order. Under the current law, when the children, born to the unauthorised citizens in the United States, turn 21 they can sponsor their families also for becoming U.S. citizens.

Associated Press/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisPresident Donald Trump holds up an executive order about border security in January 2017.

Trump doesn't believe that should necessarily apply to the American-born children of undocumented immigrants.

"I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me it would take a constitutional amendment to change that as opposed to an executive order", Mr. Grassley told a local news channel in Iowa.

Trump told the interviewer, "You can definitely do it [remove the right] with an act of Congress".


Mr Trump would also need backing from three quarters of U.S. state legislature at a constitutional convention - a gathering with the intent of altering the constitution.

Trump: "It's in the process".

Pence said Tuesday the administration is looking at action that would revise birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.

Mr. Ryan said it is hypocritical for a Republican president to do what the GOP complained about under President Obama in using executive powers to try to rewrite immigration law.

Wong says she will tell her clients not to worry about the proposal, which she calls a "rumor" and to make sure that they always follow the law.

The concept of birthright citizenship comes from the 14th Amendment.

It is, Skrentny added, a philosophy that works well for countries made up of immigrants, such as the USA and Canada.

Banishing this right would mean immigrants who give birth in the country would have children who would all be illegal immigrants, the same as their parents.

If Trump does sign an executive order banning babies born to unauthorized immigrants from becoming citizens, he is still likely to face a court challenge.

The 14th Amendment has its roots in slavery.

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