Trump Vows to Terminate Birthright Citizenship - a Constitutional Right

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Trump vows to terminate birthright citizenship during an interview with "Axios on HBO"Credit: Screen shot

U.S. President Donald Trump told "Axios on HBO" he plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. 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... It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

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Trump immigration executive order: President to terminate birthright citizenshipCredit: Axios

The move is the latest escalation of Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric ahead of the midterm elections, which has included deploying U.S. troops to the Mexico border to stop a caravan of immigrants expected to arrive in the U.S. in over two months from now.

However, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution 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.”

Asked about the legality of such an executive order, Trump said “they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”

Trump says White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal. It’s unclear how quickly he’d act on an executive order.