Trump says he wants to repeal birthright citizenship.
Under the Constitution, children of immigrants who are born in the U.S. have the right to citizenship, even if their parents aren’t citizens. According to the 14th Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the state wherein they reside.”
The Supreme Court justices, one of whom was Horace Gray, ruled on this in 1898.
“The bonds of citizenship derive from people’s place of birth, not from their blood,” he stated.
Trump wants to rewrite the Constitution to end birthright citizenship as a way to slash legal immigration to the United States — and he’s lying in order to do 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,” he stated on HBO.
However, more than 30 countries practice birthright citizenship.
Trump plans to sign an executive order to void the constitutional right, triggering legal battles that could eventually reach the Supreme Court. And in the past, the court has protected this right.