[Ed. – While he’s at it, he should sign an executive order clarifying that there is no ‘separation clause’ in the First Amendment.]
President Trump intends to sign an executive order ending so-called “birthright citizenship,” where any baby born on U.S. soil is automatically deemed a U.S. citizen, according to an interview posted Tuesday.
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.”
Trump called birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and said that “it has to end.”
Under current policy, anyone born in the U.S. – regardless of whether they are delivered by a non-citizen or unauthorized immigrant – is considered a citizen. The interpretation has been blamed for so-called ‘birth tourism’ and chain migration.
Michael Anton, a former national security adviser for Trump, pointed out in July that “there’s a clause in the middle of the amendment that people ignore or they misinterpret – subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”