Trump Aims to Ban Birthright Citizenship

In an interview scheduled to be released Sunday, President Trump announces that he will sign an executive order aimed at ending birthright citizenship in the United States, a process in which any person born on U.S. soil, regardless of their parents’ citizenship status, is a U.S. citizen. However, this executive order would directly conflict with the 14th Amendment, leading legal observers to question an executive order’s legitimacy. In the Axios interview, President Trump falsely states that the U.S. is “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.” He then said that birthright citizenship “has to end.” Canada and multiple South and Central American countries have birthright citizenship as well. Birthright citizenship is guaranteed as part of the 14th Amendment, which states that “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 argued that an act of Congress and an executive order can change the amendment. He said in the interview that “it was always told to […]

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