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.”
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.”
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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.