Trump Plans To Curb Birthright Citizenship

“The framers of the 14th Amendment added the jurisdiction clause precisely to distinguish between people to whom the United States owes citizenship and those to whom it does not,” Anton wrote. “Freed slaves definitely qualified. The children of immigrants who came here illegally clearly don’t.”

President Donald Trump intends to issue an executive order ending automatic citizenship for the American-born children of at least some non-citizens, a move likely to spark legal challenges which could end up in front of the Supreme Court.

In an interview with Axios on HBO, Trump called birthright citizenship “ridiculous,” and said his lawyers have told him that a presidential executive order—not a constitutional amendment, nor an act of Congress—is all that is needed to end it.

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years, with all of those benefits,” Trump said. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

In fact, the United States is one of about 30 countries that adheres to the practice called in ancient Roman law jus soli (“right of the soil,” as contrasted against jus sanguinis, “right of blood”). Canada and the United States are the only two “advanced” countries to offer unrestricted birthright citizenship, while the other countries are mostly those in South and Central America.

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