President Trump promised to do it during the campaign and he just shocked the nation by saying he was close to signing an executive order that could change the US constitution.
Trump wants to change the 14 amendment which reads: “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.”
Now, constitutional scholars actually have a debate on whether this can be changed by executive order to only cover those here on a permanent resident status.
The issue is anchor babies and chain migration. Wealthy Russians and Chinese come here and give birth so their kids have US citizenship which leads to chain migration and is an absolute abuse of our immigration laws.
Likewise, illegal immigrants seek to abuse the same system to give their children the ultimate gift – US citizenship.
So Trump will argue that this clause can and should be changed to reflect the times. One expert says the line “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” refers to only people with full, political allegiance to the U.S. — green card holders and citizens. In other words, this executive order does have a chance in the courts and the left will surely challenge it.
Trump told “Axios on HBO” that he has run the idea of ending birthright citizenship by his counsel and plans to proceed with the highly controversial move, which certainly will face legal challenges.
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said, declaring he can do it by executive order.
When told that’s very much in dispute, Trump replied: “You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”
“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 continued. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” (More than 30 countries, most in the Western Hemisphere, provide birthright citizenship.)
“It’s in the process. It’ll happen … with an executive order.”