This past Monday, President Donald Trump announced that he was getting ready to change our country’s immigration system for good.
He explained that he was working on a brand new initiative to change birthright citizenship for those born in the United States to parents who are not American citizens.
During an interview with Axios, the President explained specifics of the new move. Diamond and Silk reports of Trump that “he previously thought that it would take an amendment to the Constitution or at least legislation from Congress to change the birthright law. But, Trump said he was speaking to his legal counsel and they believe he could walk a fine line in barring some birthright citizenships via executive order.”
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” Trump continued. “Guess what? You don’t.”
“You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” he went on.
President Trump said in a newly released interview he plans to sign an executive order ending so-called “birthright citizenship” for babies of non-citizens born on U.S. soil — a move that would mark a major overhaul of immigration policy and trigger an almost-certain legal battle.
Birthright citizenship allows any baby born on U.S. soil to automatically be a U.S. citizen.
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. Trump told “Axios on HBO” that the U.S. is 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.”
Below is a partial transcript from the interview between President Donald Trump and Axios’ Jonathan Swan, as reported by Twitchy:
President Trump stated, “…Well you can definitely do it with an act of Congress, now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order. Now how ridiculous. 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 eighty-five years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous, and it has to end.”
Swan questioned President Trump, “Have you talked about that with counsel?”
The President answered, “Yeah, I have.”
Swan questioned, “So, we’re in the process?”
The President stated, “It’s in the process.. It’ll happen. We got an executive order, that’s what you’re talking about, right?”
Swan answered, “Yes, exactly.”
Take a look at the video below:
The left is arguing that Trump will not be able to change the birthright law through an executive order based on their interpretation of the 14th amendment.
Politico reports that the 14th Amendment reads, in part: “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 report says that the 14th amendment might not apply to those who are in the country illegally or those who are here on a temporary work visa, however.
Politico writes, “Some immigration hardliners have argued that the 14th Amendment is not applicable to those not in the U.S. legally or here only on a temporary visa. Trump, who has long promised to end birthright citizenship, told Axios that instead of amending the Constitution, he has been advised that his administration could end the practice through executive order.”