Trump Says He Is Seriously Looking at Ending Birthright Citizenship

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.

“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

Trump has made cracking down on immigration a central plank of his presidency and re-election campaign, but many of the administration’s sweeping rule changes and executive orders have been stymied by the courts.

The Republican president had told Axios news website in October 2018 that he would end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order. Experts have said such a move would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution’s 14th Amendment, passed after the Civil War to ensure that black Americans had full citizenship rights, granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”

It has since routinely been interpreted to grant citizenship to most people born in the United States, whether or not their parents are American citizens or legally living in the United States.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)

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Joey
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Joey

It should have ended a long time ago.

John Gagliano Jr
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Führer!

John Hand
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John Hand

Mexico and countries further South have been using this American ‘law’ for years to keep hitting us over the head like with a hammer. Maria is pregnant. Wait until just days before she is due, quick, get her across the river. Wait, hurry up Maria, now now, oh yes, there’s our anchor baby.’

Tom Bodine
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I like it.

David
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I am a pure conservative and I am not a fan of anchor babies. But do we really want the executive branch to be able to rule by fiat and start ignoring the constitution and amendments? What happens if Comrade Sanders is our next President? I bet he would start by changing the 1st amendment to deem “hate speech” unprotected, delete the 2nd amendment all together, and remove the pesky electoral college. I am 100% not a fan of this new Rule by Executive Order style, started by Obama and continued by Trump.

Bob
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Just because the parents come across the border illegally and have a baby does not mean that the child is now an American citizen and never should be considered as such. If you are here legally and you have a baby then the child should be a citizen. There is a big difference between being here legally and being here as an illegal alien.

James
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The 14th Amendment does grant citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States . (and). . . are citizens of the United States AND OF THE STATE WHEREIN THEY RESIDE”. (caps mine). IF these anchor babies are born IN the United States; but are taken back to their parents’ home Country soon after birth, they should NOT then be considered “citizens of the United States”; OR entitled to any of the benefits guaranteed to a citizen “WHO (actually) RESIDES IN THE UNITED STATES”. (again, caps mine) The child may be a citizen of the United States; but… Read more »

djr4nger
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djr4nger

Can’t happen soon enough. Thank you President Trump!

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