President Donald Trump recently announced that he is planning to bring an executive order to end the right to the US citizenship for children born in the US to non-citizens. The controversial order, if it gets approved, would violate the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
As per the current laws, anyone born in the US irrespective of the nationality of parents automatically becomes a citizen of the US by birth and entitled to all the rights available to any US citizen. The executive order is expected to face a lot of legal challenges.
During a recent interview with Axios, which is scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series starting this weekend, the US President said the long-running practice of giving citizenship to anyone born in the US is ridiculous.
“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 United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said adding, “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
He said he has already consulted his legal advisers and the executive order to bring the change is in the process.
“It will happen, with an executive order,” Trump said.
According to the 14th Amendment, anybody who is born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, will become citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
Notably, an executive order or even an act of Congress cannot change the amendment. A constitutional amendment will be necessary to make any changes in the law. It is speculated that Trump’s announcement might be just one of his political move ahead of the election. There are high chances that he might never actually issue the amendment changing executive order given its weak legal standing.