President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order to end what he called “ridiculous” practice to extend citizenship to children of unauthorized immigrants born in the United States.
“It was always told me that you needed a constitutional change,” to terminate the practice known as “birthright citizenship”, Trump Axios told Jonathan Swan. “Guess what? You do not.”
“You can definitely do it with a congress deal, but now they say I can do it only with an executive order,” said Trump.
The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, ratified by the Congress of 1
868 as part of the civil rights changes after the Civil War states:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to their jurisdiction are citizens in the United States and in the state in which they live. “
But Trump’s proposed ban would only apply to unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Trumps lawyers would probably argue that this clause applies only to legitimate US residents and not to unauthorized immigrants or to temporary visas.
“How ridiculous are we the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the child is essentially a US citizen for 85 years with all these benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous and it has to end.
“It’s going on. It will happen with an executive order. “