Trump considers targeting birthright citizenship with executive order in his last weeks in office, report says

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President Donald Trump is considering an executive action to target birthright citizenship in his final weeks in office, according to two sources who spoke with The Hill in a report published on Friday. 

Birthright citizenship is the policy whereby anyone who is born in the US is immediately granted citizenship, regardless of whether their parents have citizenship or not.

It’s guaranteed under the 14th Amendment, which states in part that “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.” More than 30 countries — mostly in the Western Hemisphere — have birthright citizenship. 

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is an example of someone who received their US citizenship in this way. Harris’s Indian mother and Jamaican father were not yet US citizens when she was born in California in 1964, but she became a US citizen

President Donald Trump is considering an executive action to target birthright citizenship in his final weeks in office, according to two sources who spoke with The Hill in a report published on Friday. 

Birthright citizenship is the policy whereby anyone who is born in the US is immediately granted citizenship, regardless of whether their parents have citizenship or not.

It’s guaranteed under the 14th Amendment, which states in part that “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.” More than 30 countries — mostly in the Western Hemisphere — have birthright citizenship. 

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is an example of someone who received their US citizenship in this way. Harris’s Indian mother and Jamaican father were not yet US citizens when she was born in California in 1964, but she automatically became a US citizen. 

Trump has been speaking out against birthright citizenship since his 2016 run for the White House, which was infused with anti-immigrant rhetoric. He brought the issue up again in a 2018 interview with Axios, in which he stated that he could issue an executive order to end the practice.

However, The Intercept reported in 2018 that this is “an idea rejected by an overwhelming consensus of conservative and liberal law scholars.” A law written into the Constitution can only be ended through a new amendment. 

Counter-arguments to birthright citizenship over the years say that the 14th Amendment has been misinterpreted.

“The Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment was clearly intended to guarantee that emancipated slaves would properly be recognized as U.S. citizens,” RJ Hauman, government relations director at Federation for American Immigration Reform, told The Hill. Hauman’s group is an anti-immigration non-profit.

“It is a fundamental misapplication of this clause that U.S.-born children of illegal aliens are granted automatic citizenship, much less the offspring of people who come here to simply give birth on American soil.”

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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