Trump to end citizenship for children born in United States to non-citizens

President Donald Trump

"It's ridiculous, and it has to end", Mr Trump said in an interview with Axios, scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series beginning this weekend, and teased online today.

In that interview the president promised he would end the US law that gives citizenship to anyone who's born within USA borders.

Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe criticized Trump's idea of revoking birthright citizenship, tweeting that "if the 14th Amendment could be wiped out with the stroke of Trump's pen, the whole United States constitution could be erased that way". You don't have to do it.

A portion of the interview was released on October 30, 2018.

The full Axios interview with Trump will be aired November 4 on "Axios on HBO".

Trump said in an interview with the cable television news program "Axios on HBO" that he plans to terminate, by executive order, the current USA policy allowing birthright citizenship. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous". "We are in the process". It's unclear how quickly he'd act on an executive order to fulfil the idea he first proposed on the campaign trail in 2015. "That's what you're talking about".

A 2010 study by the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies showed that 30 countries offered birthright citizenship, including Canada, which like the United States grants citizenship to children born to people in the country without authorization.

"I just can't even imagine what our founders would be thinking to see a president to take an oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, and then abuse that", Pelosi said. "Guess what? You don't", Trump continued, claiming an executive order would be sufficient to change the policy.

This is Trump's new anti-immigrant move, which joins a list if many others including ending the DACA program, instituting a travel ban, blocking "non-professional" immigrants from entering the USA and restricting legal immigration. "We're not letting them into this country".




President Trump has long criticized birthright citizenship, saying it has been a key motivator for illegal immigration.

"Presidents can't change the Constitution with the stroke of a pen". "Number one, you don't need that".

According to a 1995 opinion issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General Walter Dellinger wrote, "Because the rule of citizenship acquired by birth within the United States is the law of the Constitution, it can not be changed through legislation, but only by amending the Constitution".

Under current policy, anyone born in the USA - regardless of whether they are delivered by a non-citizen or undocumented immigrant - is considered a citizen.

"What this president is saying is, 'I am king and I am going to change this because I want to.' And so, here we go", Little said.

Michael Anton, a former national security adviser for Trump, pointed out in July that "there's a clause in the middle of the amendment that people ignore or they misinterpret - subject to the jurisdiction thereof".

The 14th Amendment, passed after the Civil War, specifically says that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens". I think the President is looking at executive action. "At the very least it would have to be statutory through Congress", he said.

Another Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Mr. Trump for his move.

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