President Donald Trump thought he had a good idea: With the flick of a pen, he could sign away the constitutional right to citizenship granted to almost everyone who is born in the United States, in an attempt to curb illegal immigration.
Trump's plans to end the policy further escalates his administration's efforts to promote immigration as a major campaign issue before the November 6 midterm elections. "And in this case, I think the 14th Amendment is pretty clear, and that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process".
In Trump's Monday interview with Fox, he said the US also plans to build tent cities to house migrants seeking asylum, who would be detained until their cases were completed.
The 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. Now, how ridiculous, we are the only country in the world where a person comes and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States ... with all of those benefits? Responding to critics on Wednesday, he said that birthright citizenship will be abolished "one way or another". "You can't erase the Constitution with an executive order, @realDonaldTrump".
Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly hammered on the need for additional troops to tighten border security, and has made political capital on the approach of a caravan of Central American migrants towards the US-Mexico border.
"It would mean the children of illegal aliens, even if born in the United States, would not be bestowed US citizenship upon birth", it said.
"The shrinking caravan of refugees isn't a threat to the country or the constitutional order".
Napolitano, though, said the only way that birthright citizenship can be altered is through a Constitutional amendment.
A portion of the interview was released on October 30, 2018.
CNN reported that attempting to undo birthright citizenship that way "is certain to set off a legal fight that could potentially wind up in the Supreme Court over his authority to issue Executive Orders with such broad scope".
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Pat lamented that birthright citizenship may not be the fault of a child born to illegal immigrant parents, but the American people are not at fault either. "We - House Republicans and this President - are in total agreement on the need to stop illegal immigration, to secure our border and fix our laws". In addition to birthright citizenship, he has also targeted "chain migration" and the diversity lottery system.
"That ability to move on instinct without hesitation, that's why he's president", King said.