Sen. Graham Backs Trump’s Executive Order Idea on Birthright Citizenship: ‘Needs to Come to an End’

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When President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to sign an executive order to remove birthright citizenship, it stirred controversy over the 14th Amendment — as well as some support.

In the interview with “Axios on HBO,” Trump said that he wanted to look to end the right of citizenship to those born to noncitizens and illegal immigrants, calling birthright citizenship “ridiculous.”

“It has to end,” he said.

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“You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now, they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” Trump said.

He told Axios that he would do so through an executive order to remove the right that is provided to U.S.-born children by the 14th Amendment — which would be challenged in court.

“It’s in the process. It’ll happen … with an executive order,” Trump said.

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When Trump was a front-runner, he addressed birthright citizenship as “the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.” According to The Guardian, it’s been a call by Republicans in every Congress since 1991, when legislation to undo the right was first introduced.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took a stance on Trump’s call to remove citizenship rights from children born to noncitizens on U.S. soil.

Commenting on the topic, Graham praised Trump for being “willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship.”

The senator said the policy is a “magnet for illegal immigration” and “needs to come to an end.”

He also added that he plans to introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship.

Although Graham agreed with Trump’s take on birthright citizenship, not all Republican leaders thought the same.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said “no” to the president’s announcement. Instead, he claimed that the U.S. needs “broad immigration reform that makes our country more secure and reaffirms our wonderful tradition as a nation of immigrants.”

What is the 14th Amendment “birthright” citizenship clause?

Section 1:

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. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

How many children are born to undocumented immigrants in the U.S.?

In 2014, about 275,000 babies were born to undocumented immigrates, making up about 7 percent of the births, according to Pew Research Center.

Although Graham said he will introduce legislation, it’s not clear what will come of this. However, an executive order on birthright citizenship would create a legal challenge on the 14th Amendment.

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