End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies

Erika Holt
November 1, 2018

President Trump vows to end birthright citizenship through an executive order.

The comments, trailed early Tuesday ahead of the interview being broadcast later this week, came as the administration hardens its already extreme line on immigration ahead of the midterm elections next month.

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment, one amendment".

Ryan criticized Trump's proposal of ending birthright citizenship with an executive order during an interview on a Kentucky radio station on Tuesday. "But now they're saying I can just do it with an executive order".

Pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), U.S. citizenship is automatically granted to any person born within and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, Wikipedia reports.

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. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous and it has to end", he said.

"They're playing all of us", said David W. Leopold, an immigration attorney and counsel to the immigration advocacy group America's Voice.

Trump's use of an executive order would likely put the matter in the hands of the court. Harry Reid in 1993 that "no sane country" would award citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants born on its soil.

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In fact, House Speaker Paul Ryan and scholars widely pan the idea that Trump could unilaterally change the rules on who is a citizen.

The Pentagon announced Monday the deployment of 5,200 active-duty troops to beef up security along the US-Mexico border in a bid to prevent the migrant caravan from illegally crossing the frontier. Six of the Justices ruled that the phrase "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" applied to any person required to obey USA laws, meaning even children of foreigners residing in the country permanently or temporarily. "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

And in his interview with Axios, the president described how immigrants can take advantage of the policy.

"Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship".

The concept of birthright citizenship comes from the 14th Amendment. The issue hasn't been settled by the Supreme Court.

Mr. Trump said that the effort to end this practice was in the process.

The options are just two of many possibilities now under discussion, including asylum law changes and simply barring members of the migrant caravans from entering the country using the same mechanism as the president's much-publicized travel ban for people from certain Muslim countries.

"The President does not have the power to erase parts of the Constitution, but he and the GOP Congress have spent two years trying to erase protections for people with pre-existing conditions", Ms. Pelosi said.

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