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Trump plans to end birthright citizenship with an executive order

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Trump
talks to “Axios on HBO” about ending birthright
citizenship.

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  • President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive
    order to end what he called the “ridiculous” practice of
    granting citizenship to children of unauthorized immigrants
    born in the US. 

  • The 14th amendment to the US constitution, ratified
    by Congress in 1868 as part of the civil rights amendments
    after the Civil War, says all persons born in the US are
    citizens.

  • But Trump’s lawyers could argue that doesn’t apply to
    unauthorized immigrants.

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order to end
what he called the “ridiculous” practice of extending citizenship
to children of unauthorized immigrants born in the US. 

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional
amendment,” to end the practice called “birthright citizenship,”
Trump told Axios’s Jonathan
Swan
. “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,” said
Trump.

The 14th amendment to the US constitution, ratified by
Congress in 1868 as part of the civil rights amendments after the
Civil War, says the following:

“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.”

But Trump’s proposed ban would only apply to unauthorized
immigrants in the US. Trump’s lawyers would likely argue that
that clause applies only to lawful US residents and not
unauthorized immigrants or those on temporary visas. 

“How ridiculous, we’re the only country in the world where
a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a
citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those
benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous and it has to
end.

“It’s in the process. It will happen with an executive
order.”

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