Trump plans to terminate birthright citizenship

Howard TerryOct 31, 2018

Trump told Axios he has the power to make the change.

Can Trump get rid of birthright citizenship through an executive order? The children, as citizens, can then sponsor their families to become United States citizens as well once they turn 21.

The stripping away of rights granted by the U.S. Constitution would be among President Trump's most virulent attacks on immigrants - and the U.S. Constitution - ever.

"That means that they are subject to the laws of the United States, that they can, for example, be prosecuted for violating American law", constitutional law professor Suzanna Sherry told NPR in 2015.

According to the U.S. Constitution, children born in the U.S. and its territories to non-citizens or immigrants parents have the right to become citizens.

Pence says the Supreme Court has never ruled on whether the language in the amendment applies specifically to people in the country illegally.

Trump's sitdown with Axios follows an interview he did with Fox's Laura Ingraham in which he told the thousands of migrants in a caravan heading to the U.S. border to turn around. Conservatives have argued the citizenship provision for children applies only to those born to legal US citizens. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

In an interview with Axios published on Tuesday morning, Trump called the practice of giving citizenship to all children born in the USA "ridiculous" and announced his plans to sign an executive order banning it.

The president's comments come as he takes a tough stance on immigration which he sees as a major battle line in the 6 November midterm elections. The website, however, cited documents that show that more than 30 nations have birthright citizenship.

The person familiar with internal White House debate wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Revoking birthright citizenship would spark a court fight over whether the president has the unilateral ability to change an amendment to the Constitution. "To secure our border and fix our laws", Ryan said.

Trump's use of an executive order would likely put the matter in the hands of the court.

In an interview with Axios Monday night, President Trump said he was considering the end of birthright citizenship through an executive order. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced in a series of tweets that he will introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship, the Hill reports.

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