Trump Says He Is Seriously Looking at Ending Birthright Citizenship

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)


  1. 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.’

  2. 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.

    1. This has been used by more presidents than the last two, we just are not familiar with those.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 the parents would still be Illegal Aliens.

    While the POTUS does have the right idea, the 14th Amendment would have to be amended to strike out the one word “. . . born . . .” and approved by a majority of the States to make it permanently legal. I seriously doubt the Socialists would want to cut off their supply of future voters by approving this idea.

  5. Time to stop the anchor babies that cost American tax payers $billions each year.

  6. Stop talking about the plans—–just do it!
    Didn’t Trump criticize O vomit for telling troop withdrawal pullout plans?
    What’s the difference?
    Want to buy Greenland? Fine—-buy the god forsaken place.
    But stop blabbing everything then look foolish when they don’t happen.

    1. The purchase of Greenland would be a WISE DECISION. When Secretary Seward proposed we buy Alaska from Russia, it was deemed ‘Seward’s folly.’ Well, look how that turned out. Greenland has never really been explored for resources, and there might be many.

      Also, it would give us a very strategic locale for our military. China has been loaning money to nations for years, and some in Central and South America as well as in Asia. They loan money knowing that the countries can not repay. They default, and China takes possession, establishing themselves in still another place so the can counter US might.

      I heard China, also, wants to buy Greenland. We can not let THAT happen.

  7. End it – it’s being abused by globalists to destroy America.

    1. They’ve now changed the name to hide their intent. They are no longer called “globalists”; but are now “transnationalists”. Same agenda: Open borders Worldwide with George Soros’ money backing.

  8. About time! The handwriting was on the ‘wall’ decades ago about abusers of the system.

  9. They come in and drop 10 or 12 kids who are all citizens and get secton 8. Welfare, ebt, cellphone, Medicad. Free education. The democrat party has sold out the country for votes. An endless supply of votes forever. I say let’s have some trials and start locking up the traitor leftist.

  10. Craig,

    “birth tourism” has been documented for decades. It’s insurance for the parents in case the PRC gets intolerable AND ensures the child is eligible to apply to US schools. Unlike the southern invaders these parents and children go home AND have their own resources.

    The 13th and 14th were both staunchly opposed by Dimocrats, who decided “If you can’t beat them then bend things to your own uses.”

    The 14th has also been used to defend the rights of Native Americans for voting, land ownership, etc.

  11. Reuters and the Left purposely omitted critical text from the 14th.

    This is literally the first sentence of the first section of the 14th amendment:

    “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.” (caps mine)

    If you are a citizen of another country you are subject to the laws, but not the jurisdiction of the US. e.g. invaders, diplomats, etc.

    You simply cannot squeeze out a US citizen just because you are here.

  12. Don’t look at it, do it immediately. There is no such thing as “birthright citizenship”, it is a travesty committed by lazy bureaucrats or more likely an invention of traitors.

  13. The thing about the 14th Amendment is that it was written with former black slaves in mind. Illegal immigration was not much of a problem as the vast majority of immigrants came from overseas and were allowed into the country with the permission of the United States. The Amendment did not contemplate illegal aliens nor those who came here on what we now call a visa. Only much later did the Supreme Court suggest otherwise.

    Now we have Chinese running a scam where pregnant women enter on a temporary visa, have their baby here and then claim U.S. citizenship for them. But, a diplomat who enters this country on a diplomatic visa and has a child here cannot claim citizenship. That is a statute that has never been deemed unconstitutional. What President Trump proposes is consonant with the philosophy of that statute, to wit: that a person may not enter the United States under false or deceptive pretenses and derive a benefit.

  14. He should do just that. People are so stupid they can be convinced of anything. The 14th amendment only applies to newly fed slaves who were already under jurisdiction of the states that practiced slavery. No Hispanic person was ever freed from slavery in the United States and they do not qualify. Birthright citizenship as it is now is no more than an affront to struggles of black Americans who are descendants of slaves. They should take it to the supreme court and have a fresh legitimate interpretation of the 14th amendment.

    1. Not to pick, but California and the Southwest had Indian/mestizo slaves under the Spanish/Mexican gov’t. They were mostly free by the time of the Mexican-American war, but those who were not were freed at the end of it.

  15. Good luck with this. I can see the Democrats crying about how we hate people.

    1. They cry and sue over everything, but it is time to get it on the table. The 14th amendment isn’t a suicide pact for the US.

  16. This is great news. It needs to go.
    Yay!! I love this President!!!!!!!!!

    1. So if they denounce your citizen ship will you still be okay with this? They did that to Jews in Nazi Germany.

  17. What Country in the entire World allows someone to come into their country, have a baby THEN give them citizenship with all the perks paid for by the Taxpayer ??? Only the US ,,, courtesy of the Delusional DimWitDems !!! Vote them ALL out of public office !!

  18. A long overdue move. Amend the 14th Amendment and remove the words “All persons born in . . .”

    Maybe there should be an investigation into how much of our Social Security money is being sent back South of the border. And what guarantee is there that an Illegal Alien born in the United States is not exchanged for another one South of the border and brought here for medical care and/or major surgery on the American taxpayer’s dime?

    1. Since slavery is long gone, all who were slaves have passed away, and all of their first-generation progeny have also passed away, there no longer exists any need for the 14th. Amendment at all. Since it is obsolete, why not simply repeal it?
      Richard William Faith
      central Florida

  19. It was meant for blacks that had been brought here as slaves and had children born here. It wasnt meant for every illegal coming across our border to drop a kid and claim citizenship for said kidssss

  20. It’s one of the best things he can address. IMO the left mis-interrupts the words in the constitution! Off hand I don’t recall which amendment it is!

    1. The leftists believe the Constitution is a “breathing” document, it can mean something different from when it was written. In other words, it can mean whatever you want it to mean.

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