Donald Trump pushes for end to birthright citizenship

US President Donald Trump speaks to the Future Farmers of America convention at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. EPA

US President Donald Trump speaks to the Future Farmers of America convention at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. EPA

Birthright citizenship has become a subject of debate after the United States president, Donald Trump, announced his plans to terminate the right to citizenship for babies born on USA soil to non-citizens.

But hardly anyone ― except for the president, it seems ― believes birthright citizenship may be ended by executive order.

Donald Trump plans to push an executive order to end the right of USA citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizens and immigrants in the country illegally, he told Axios in an interview published on Tuesday, a move that would prompt a constitutional fight.

In it, Trump said he wants to end automatic citizenship for anyone born in the United States, and claimed he could do it with an executive order. "You don't", Trump said. The host pointed out that this is in dispute.

Trump said in an interview with Axios that he can end the law by executive order, a position Democrats and legal experts say would be illegal.

"They're saying I can do it just with an executive order", Trump contended in the interview.

Under current policy, anyone born in the US - regardless of whether they are delivered by a non-citizen or undocumented immigrant - is considered a citizen.

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"It would mean the children of illegal aliens, even if born in the United States, would not be bestowed US citizenship upon birth", it said. "I applaud President Trump's courageous leadership to fix our immigration crisis, which Senator Baldwin has failed to fix and has resulted in free education and healthcare benefits for illegal immigrants".

To date, the US Supreme Court has made no rulings on 14th Amendment cases specifically involving undocumented immigrants or those with temporary legal status, and if Trump were to sign an executive order on the matter the courts would be forced to make a ruling in inevitable legal challenges.

Donald Trump has has insisted he will move to end the right to American citizenship for the children of non-citizens born in the U.S., a pledge he made frequently throughout the 2016 campaign and one often dismissed as legally unfeasible by scholars.

Neither Graham nor Trump gave any details about the latest plan, and the White House did not respond to a request for comment.

The policy, which stems from a disputed but long-recognized interpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given rise to what Trump considers abuse of the immigration system.

"No president can change the Constitution with the stroke of a pen". His administration announced the deployment of 5,200 troops to protect the frontier as the "caravan" continues to advance - though it is still weeks, if not months, from reaching the U.S. border. The amendment's Citizenship Clause says all people born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States. "It's in the process", Trump said. "The 14th Amendment's citizenship guarantee is clear". Amendments to the Constitution require two-thirds of Congress voting to support them as well as ratification of three-quarters of states.

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