- President said he wants to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship
- Trump said the current policy is ‘ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end’
- Debate over whether he must overturn 14th Amendment of the US constitution
- Trump insists he can change the law without amending the Constitution
- It comes two weeks before mid-term elections and amid national hysteria over after a second migrant caravan heading for the US crossed into Mexico
Donald Trump plans to revoke the citizenship rights of children born to non-citizens and illegal immigrants in the US.
In an interview for Axios on HBO, the President says he wants to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship.
Trump, who has long been critical of so-called ‘anchor babies’ says: ‘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. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.’
The 14th Amendment of the Constitution, written in 1868, 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.’
Trump insists he can change the law without amending the Constitution and can do so with an executive order.
A preview of the documentary, which airs on Sunday, reveals him saying: ‘It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.
‘You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,’ he adds.
‘It’s in the process. It’ll happen… with an executive order.’
Former US Citizenship and Immigration Services chief counsel Lynden Melmed told Axios that very few experts believe the President has the power to change birthright citizenship.
Some scholars have claimed that the 14th Amendment was never intended to give illegal immigrants’ children citizenship and has been misapplied for decades.