Citizenship

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­firmed on Tues­day that he is plan­ning to put an end to what he called the “ridicu­lous” law that grants citizenship to all chil­dren born in US ter­ri­tory.

“We’re the only coun­try in the world where a per­son comes in and has a baby, and the baby is es­sen­tially a cit­i­zen of the US... with all of those ben­e­fits,” Trump said in an in­ter­view with the on­line daily Ax­ios, reports Efe.

Trump did not men­tion the fact that more than two dozen other coun­tries, in­clud­ing Mex­ico and Canada, also have sim­i­lar laws au­tho­ris­ing citizenship for any­one born in their ter­ri­tory. “It’s ridicu­lous. It’s ridicu­lous. And it has to end,” he added.

Dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion cam­paign, Trump had ex­plored this idea, al­though ex­perts say that he will face sig­nif­i­cant ob­sta­cles and un­leash a pro­longed le­gal bat­tle if he tries to im­ple­ment it since birthright citizenship is an ex­plicit part of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The 14th Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion states: “All per­sons born or nat­u­ralised in the US and sub­ject to the ju­ris­dic­tion thereof, are cit­i­zens of the US and of the state wherein they re­side.”

“It was al­ways told to me that you needed a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said, adding that “You can def­i­nitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re say­ing I can do it just with an ex­ec­u­tive or­der.”

The US Pres­i­dent pro­vided no de­tails about that propo­si­tion, say­ing only that he had dis­cussed the mat­ter with his le­gal ad­vis­ers in the White House. The Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee crit­i­cised Trump’s pro­posal as “ob­vi­ously un­con­sti­tu­tional.”

“His in­tent is clear: To in­cite fear, di­vide our na­tion, and make vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties feel un­safe,” DNC spokesman Daniel Wes­sel said in a state­ment, adding “If you want lead­ers who will unite our coun­try in­stead of di­vide it, you must vote on Novem­ber 6.”

Trump’s plan would be di­rected against the Us­born chil­dren of il­le­gal im­mi­grants and would not af­fect peo­ple with le­gal res­i­dence.

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