Trump Wants to Eliminate Birthright Citizenship

Trump Wants to Eliminate Birthright Citizenship August 25, 2019

Trump, as usual, thinks being president means he can do anything he wants, including changing the constitution itself. He says he is “seriously” looking at eliminating birthright citizenship, which grants citizenship to anyone born in the United States, something mandated by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is once again seriously considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship months after several lawmakers cast doubt on his ability to take such action.

“We’re looking at that very seriously,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Kentucky. “Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land — walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby’s now a U.S. citizen.”

“We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” he added. “It’s, frankly, ridiculous.”

It doesn’t matter how ridiculous you think it is, the Constitution requires it. The first section of the 14th Amendment is very plain:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

He may not like it, but the only way to end it is to pass another amendment that supercedes it. And good luck doing that. He sure as hell can’t do it by executive order. If he tried, it would last about 30 seconds in court before being struck down. This was decided more than 120 years ago when the Supreme Court considered the question in United States v. Wong Kim Ark. Not that Trump either knows or cares about such matters. He wants it, he thinks he can just order it, that’s the end in his mind.

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