Trump Aims to End Birthright Citizenship

Trump Aims to End Birthright Citizenship

Trump Aims to End Birthright Citizenship

Donald Trump wants to end the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and illegal immigrants born in the US.

The 14th Amendment in the US Constitution provides for "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" to be considered as US citizens. It's in the process. But Trump has suggested in a TV interview with the breaking news site Axios that he would move unilaterally to sign an executive order that ended the right.

The president said White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal, despite some of the backlash. In short, under the 14th Amendment, citizenship is awarded to children born in the USA, or in US territories, to parents who immigrated into the country.

The president spoke on Monday to Fox News host Laura Ingraham of "The Ingraham Angle" about the topic of catch and release as it applies to the approaching migrant caravan headed for the USA border.

This is a principal adopted by many countries around the world and is held within the United States constitution, which forms the basis of the entire government.

The president's comments to Axios on HBO come amid a renewed push for hardline immigration policies before the midterm elections.

Diaz-Balart, meanwhile, said "I strongly disagree with the proposed executive order".

Children born to unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. under the current interpretation of immigration law gain access to United States benefits.

President Trump should approach this issue as he did with the debate over the DACA rule, and put the onus on Congress. "I think it's very hard to predict the future, but I will say that to date there has been pretty strong clear consensus that the birthright citizenship clause really clearly establishes that if you're born in the United States, you're a citizen in the United States".

But Judge James C. Ho, who Trump appointed to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, said changing how the law is applied would be "unconstitutional".

With that said, Yegani is skeptical as to whether Trump will actually move forward with this plan. "Eliminating birthright citizenship would do nothing to solve our immigration issues", said Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council.

More than 30 other countries, majority in the Western Hemisphere, also provide birthright citizenship. "We didn't like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action".

But Jon Feere, a legal policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote on the organization's website that some scholars believe the concept of birthright citizenship enshrined in the 14th Amendment can be challenged.

The 14th Amendment was passed by Congress in 1866 after the Civil War and during the period of Reconstruction.

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