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Trump Says He Wants to End Birthright Citizenship

In an exclusive interview with Axios, President Trump elaborated on his plan to end the United States’ policy granting citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil.

By NTK Staff | 10.30.2018 @11:00am

President Trump’s administration is looking into the avenues by which he can sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship, the longstanding U.S. policy that grants citizenship to those born on U.S. soil.

Trump broke the news when asked during an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said, declaring he can do it by executive order.

When told that’s very much in dispute, Trump replied: “You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”

“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,” Trump continued. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

“It’s in the process. It’ll happen … with an executive order.”

This marks the latest move by Trump to tighten U.S. immigration laws. The Trump administration made headlines earlier this year when it separated children from parents along the southern border, and more recently Trump instructed 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to Axios, few immigration and constitutional scholars believe Trump is able to legally end birthright citizenship with an executive order. At issue is the 14th Amendment, which 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.”

Some have argued that the 14th Amendment was never intended to apply to “unauthorized immigrants or those on temporary visas.” And according to constitutional scholar John Eastman, the 14th Amendment was never applied to undocumented or temporary immigrants “[u]ntil the 1960s.”

One thing that nearly everyone agrees upon: if Trump does follow through with this decision, the courts will be where the final decision is made.

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