Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Mulling with Ending Birthright Citizenship Of..

Trump Mulling with Ending Birthright Citizenship Of..

In an interview with Axios, the president said he plans to issue an executive order challenging how the 14th Amendment is applied to children of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Seeking to end so-called birthright citizenship outlined in the 14th Amendment would take direct aim at the Constitution and likely prompt immediately legal challenges and potential opposition in Congress. "You don't", said Mr Trump.

Mr Trump added: "You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress".

The first sentence of the 14th Amendment says: 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.

The president says he's been advised by constitutional experts that he can make the change to what's known as birthright citizenship through an executive order.

Some say Mr Trump could direct federal agencies that the United States constitution does not apply to non-citizens, while others say it would be an overreach of presidential power and would be held up in the courts. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous".

Birthright citizenship has been repealed in a handful of other countries, including Australia, Ireland, France and India. It also guarantees citizens "equal protection" under USA law.

The policy, which stems from a disputed but long-recognized interpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given rise to what Trump considers abuse of the immigration system.

Associated Press/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisPresident Donald Trump holds up an executive order about border security in January 2017.

Trump's administration announced on Monday it would send about 5,200 troops to the southern border with Mexico by the end of the week to head off a caravan of migrants.

The White House didn't immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News on Tuesday about Trump's proposed executive order.

With that said, Yegani is skeptical as to whether Trump will actually move forward with this plan. "And it has to end", the US President, known for his aggressive rhetoric, said. "All persons in the USA, thus, except for accredited foreign diplomats in specified instances, are subject to US laws, and, if born in the US, are USA citizens".

"This is a blatantly unconstitutional attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms", the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted Tuesday.

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