United States may end birthright citizenship

United States may end birthright citizenship

Vice-President Mike Pence said the plan may not be unconstitutional, telling Politico in an interview that while "we all cherish" the 14th amendment, the nation's top court has not weighed in on the issue entirely.

Trump doesn't believe that should necessarily apply to the American-born children of undocumented immigrants.

When quizzed over whether his new policy would face legal challenges, the billionaire businessman turned politician said: "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment".

Trump, seeking to limit immigration to the USA, is set to challenge a 150-year-old constitutional standard that anyone born in America is an American citizen.

The president will do this by signing an executive order, he said in a TV interview. In an interview with Fox News Monday night, Trump didn't mention the executive order, but he said Central American migrants now nearing the U.S. border were "wasting their time". The children, as citizens, can then sponsor their families to become USA citizens as well once they turn 21.

However, critics are saying the practice stems from a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment.

"With an executive order", the President interjected, confirming he had thought about doing it.

What Trump is doing is forcing a court battle, Jacob said.

In the latest twist, he has vowed to eliminate the automatic right to citizenship of persons born in the United States, long guaranteed - with few exceptions - under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.




"Eliminating birthright citizenship would do nothing to solve our immigration issues", said Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council.

Terminating the US policy would likely face legal challenges in court.

Even the future Democratic Senate Majority Leader argued from the Senate floor in 1993 that "no sane country" would allow birthright citizenship.

President Trump announced his plan in an exchange with Axios on HBO, which airs November 4th. "A foreign national living in the United States is "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" because he is legally required to obey US law". We all cherish the language of the 14th Amendment. I think the President is looking at executive action.

Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in NY, said Tuesday said the Constitution is very clear.

Another Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Mr. Trump for his move.

Democrats and other critics have decried the president's rhetoric as inflammatory, urging Trump to tone down his language and calling on the electorate to use next week's vote as a way to reject such policies.

The US president added that the legislation is "in the process" and that "it will happen". "That protected the free slaves", Graham said.

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