Trump To Sign Executive Order Terminating Birthright Citizenship

In a recent interview with Axios, Trump said he intends to sign an executive order that will terminate the citizenship for babies born to non-citizens and undocumented immigrants born on U.S. ground. Watch this video.

He dismissed the expected legal challenges that will come about from undercutting the 14th Amendment birthright citizenship to so-called “anchor babies.”

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said. “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 … with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

And he’s saying he doesn’t need Congress to get this done.

“You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress,” said Trump, “but now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”

He says “It’s in the process. It will happen.”

Can he really do it? According to John Eastman, a constitutional scholar and director of Chapman University’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, until the 1960s, the 14th Amendment was never applied to undocumented or temporary immigrants, .

  • Between 1980 and 2006, the number of births to unauthorized immigrants — which opponents of birthright citizenship call “anchor babies” — skyrocketed to a peak of 370,000, according to a 2016 study by Pew Research. It then declined slightly during and following the Great Recession.
  • The Supreme Court has already ruled that children born to immigrants who are legal permanent residents have citizenship. But those who claim the 14th Amendment should not apply to everyone point to the fact that there has been no ruling on a case specifically involving undocumented immigrants or those with temporary legal status.

Bear in mind that the 14th Amendment was created to address citizenship of black people.

Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American citizenship by stating that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside.” The amendment then reaffirmed the privileges and rights of all citizens, and granted all these citizens the “equal protection of the laws.” (History.com)

How far do you predict Trump and his racist GOP will take this? He’s treading on dangerous ground.

Featured image via screengrab from embedded video