Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship but legal chances are slim

01 November, 2018, 09:13 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Trump eyeing an executive order to end citizenship for unauthorized residents' children born in U.S

The citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a long-shot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long-accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on USA soil, regardless of his parents' immigration status.

Trump raised the idea of using an executive order to end the citizenship provision enshrined in the 14th Amendment during an interview on Tuesday.

Trump is seeking to end the long-standing right to USA citizenship for children born to noncitizens in the United States, a policy that he said in his tweets "costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens". "That's what it costs ― billions".

President Donald Trump thought he had a good idea: With the flick of a pen, he could sign away the constitutional right to citizenship granted to almost everyone who is born in the United States, in an attempt to curb illegal immigration.

Trump doubled down on his commitment to upending the 14th Amendment to the riled-up crowd chanting, "USA!"

Trump's reference to the Republican majority working on the issue appears to conflict with his insistence in an interview released Tuesday he could do it with an executive order. "We will get rid of all of this".

- An executive order to revoke the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil.

"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States ... with all of those benefits", Trump told Axios.

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of trying to distract attention from healthcare policy, which Democrats have identified as a top election issue.

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"Illegals can be prosecuted, illegals can go to court and sue".

President Trump lashed out Wednesday at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., over Ryan's comments on birthright citizenship, saying he "should be focusing on holding the Majority". "He's getting the executive branch under control and saying, 'This is what the 14th Amendment means, '" Levin said.

According to a 2015 Pew Research Centre poll, 60% of Americans were against ending birthright citizenship. In addition to birthright citizenship, he has also targeted "chain migration" and the diversity lottery system. However, White House lawyers expect to work with the Justice Department to develop a legal justification for the action.

"Immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation", Reid said.

This is different, Napolitano said, for illegal immigrants who can be prosecuted and can sue in court because they are subject to the law as American citizens are.

"The 14th Amendment makes the conditions of citizenship clear: individuals born in this country are citizens", the congresswoman, who is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said.

"President Trump's new claim he can unilaterally end the Constitution's guarantee of citizenship shows Republicans' spiraling desperation to distract from their assault on Medicare, Medicaid and people with pre-existing conditions", Pelosi said in a statement.

"But the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th amendment, subject to the jurisdiction thereof, applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally", Pence said. We got a lot of requests for advice and many who planned to go to the U.S. are considering Canada.

In essence, if Mr Trump signs such an order, and a lawsuit by a State is filed, Mr Horowitz said: "judges faithful to their oaths will have no choice but to agree with him".

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