Deny cit­i­zen­ship to ba­bies of peo­ple il­le­gally in US: Trump

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY STEPHEN BRAUN

U.S. op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump wants to deny cit­i­zen­ship to the ba­bies of im­mi­grants liv­ing in the U.S. il­le­gally as part of an immigration plan that em­pha­sizes bor­der se­cu­rity and de­por­ta­tion for mil­lions. He would also re­scind Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion ex­ec­u­tive or­ders on immigration.

Trump, the brash bil­lion­aire who has taken an early lead in the right-wing Repub­li­can Party’s pri­mary race, de­scribed his ex­panded vi­sion of how to se­cure Amer­i­can borders dur­ing a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view Sun­day on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” say­ing that he would push to end the con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected cit­i­zen­ship rights of chil­dren of any fam­ily liv­ing il­le­gally in­side the U.S.

“They have to go,” Trump said, adding: “What they’re do­ing, they’re hav­ing a baby. And then all of a sud­den, no­body knows ... the baby’s here.”

Na­tive-born chil­dren of im­mi­grants — even those liv­ing il­le­gally in the U.S. — have been au­to­mat­i­cally con­sid­ered Amer­i­can cit­i­zens since the adop­tion of the 14th Amend­ment of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion in 1868.

The odds of re­peal­ing the amend­ment’s cit­i­zen­ship clause would be steep, re­quir­ing the votes of two-thirds of both houses of the U.S. leg­is­la­ture and sup­port from three-fourths of the na­tion’s state leg­is­la­tures. Repub­li­cans in the na­tional leg­is­la­ture have pushed with­out suc­cess to re­peal that pro­vi­sion since 2011. Some con­ser­va­tives be­lieve the pro­vi­sion could be changed with­out amend­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“They’re illegal,” Trump said, de­scrib­ing na­tive-born chil­dren of peo­ple liv­ing il­le­gally in the U.S. “You ei­ther have a coun­try or not.”

Trump, who re­mains a long­shot for the White House, has made immigration the fo­cal point of his cam­paign since an­nounc­ing his can­di­dacy in June, when he de­scribed some Mex­i­can im­mi­grants in the U.S. il­le­gally as “rapists” and “crim­i­nals.” His tough stance on immigration has ap­pealed to a seg­ment of the Repub­li­can base and helped the for­mer re­al­ity TV star vault ahead of the crowded Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial field.

‘Try to bring (the good ones)

back rapidly’

Trump’s re­marks came as his cam­paign web­site posted his pro­gram for “immigration re­form.” Among its de­tails: Mak­ing Mexico pay for a per­ma­nent bor­der wall. Manda­tory de­por­ta­tion of all “crim­i­nal aliens.” Tripling the force of immigration of­fi­cers by elim­i­nat­ing tax credit pay­ments to im­mi­grant fam­i­lies re­sid­ing il­le­gally in the U.S.

He said that fam­i­lies with U.S.- born chil­dren could re­turn quickly if deemed wor­thy by the gov­ern­ment. “We’re go­ing to try and bring them back rapidly, the good ones,” he said, adding: “We will ex­pe­dite it so peo­ple can come back in. The good peo­ple can come back.”

Trump did not elab­o­rate on how he would de­fine “good peo­ple.” But echo­ing ear­lier con­tro­ver­sial re­marks that Mexico was send­ing crim­i­nals across the bor­der, Trump said a tough de­por­ta­tion pol­icy was needed be­cause “there’s def­i­nitely ev­i­dence” of crimes linked to im­mi­grants liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

The New York real es­tate mogul also said he would waste lit­tle time re­scind­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ex­ec­u­tive ac­tions aimed at al­low­ing as many as 3.7 mil­lion im­mi­grants liv­ing il­le­gally in the U.S. to re­main in the coun­try be­cause of their U.S.-born rel­a­tives. Obama’s Novem­ber 2014 ac­tions were halted by tem­po­rary in­junc- tions or­dered by sev­eral fed­eral courts in rul­ings chal­leng­ing his ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers to al­ter immigration poli­cies with­out Con­gres­sional ap­proval. The cases could wind up be­fore the U.S. Supreme Court. “We have to make a whole new set of stan­dards,” Trump said.

On Sun­day, Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich echoed Trump’s call to fin­ish con­struc­tion of an in­com­plete sys­tem of bar­ri­ers on the south­ern bor­der with Mexico. There are still gaps in the bar­ri­ers, which have been un­der con­struc­tion since 2005.

Speak­ing on CBS’ “Face the Na­tion,” Ka­sich said he would then work to le­gal­ize 12 mil­lion im­mi­grants now es­ti­mated to live in the U.S. il­le­gally. Ka­sich said he would “make sure we don’t have any­body — any of the crim­i­nal el­e­ment here.” He would also re­vive the guest-worker pro­grams that pre­vi­ously brought in tem­po­rary work­ers to aid in farm­ing and other in­dus­tries hob­bled by la­bor short­ages.

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