Trump to push executive order to end birthright citizenship

Geneva Stokes
November 1, 2018

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he plans to sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants born on US territory.

Well, those days are over with as President Trump said he will use an executive order to suspend the 14th Amendment.

The 14th Amendment declares 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".

"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous". But now they are saying I can do it just with an executive order.

"As a conservative, I'm a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution, and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear, and that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process".

Below is the most pertinent section of Trump's interview with Axios, where he speaks about birthright citizenship. This is part of the anti-immigrant fervor that Trump is whipping up against Democrats in the midterm election.

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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.

But some right-wing politicians have argued that the Amendment was only meant to give citizenship to youngsters born in America to lawful permanent residents - not "unauthorised immigrants or those on temporary visas".

"With an executive order", the President interjected, confirming he had thought about doing it. "Guess what? You don't", he told Axios.

On Tuesday morning, Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who frequently vocalizes his differences with the president, emphasized that ending birthright citizenship would require a constitutional amendment.

His comment comes as a massive wave of immigrants from some Latin American countries traverse through Mexico to reach the U.S. border, where Trump's administration has deployed 5,200 troops to stop the immigrants from entering the country. "Because when we do win, we will have, as we open the new Congress, we will honor the vows of our founders, E pluribus unum, from many one", Pelosi said.

Trump's professed desire to end birthright citizenship was also decried by immigration activists and human-rights groups.

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