Trump to revoke birthright citizenship: President slams ‘ridiculous’ right of children born to illegal immigrants and vows to end it with executive order

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

President said he wants to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship
Trump said the current policy is ‘ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end’
Debate over whether he can change meaning of Constitution’s 14th Amendment
Trump believes he can alter the government’s interpretation on his own
Amendment says it only applies to people ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of the U.S.
Bombshell comes a week before mid-term elections and amid national panic after a second migrant caravan heading for the U.S. crossed into Mexico

30 October 2018

Donald Trump plans to revoke the automatic citizenship rights of children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants and other non-citizens.

In an interview with Axios, the president said he wants to sign an executive order ending the practice of giving citizenship to those who conservatives have long termed ‘anchor babies.’

Trump, who has long been critical of the practice, said: ‘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… with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.’

The 14th Amendment of the Constitution, written in 1868, states: ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.’

Trump insists he can change the way the Amendment is interpreted by the federal government, without amending the Constitution itself, and can do it through an executive order.

Several Republicans running for president in 2016, including Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, argued at the time that the phrase ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ refers only to people with a legal right to be in the country.

In a preview of an HBO documentary scheduled to air on Sunday, Trump reveals that ‘it was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.’

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