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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Donald Trump To Terminate Birthright Citizenship In America

President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive interview for "Axios on HBO," a new four-part documentary news series debuting on HBO this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Why it matters: This would be the most dramatic move yet in Trump's hardline immigration campaign, this time targeting "anchor babies" and "chain migration." And it will set off another stand-off with the courts, as Trump’s power to do this through executive action is debatable to say the least.

Trump told "Axios on HBO" that he has run the idea of ending birthright citizenship by his counsel and plans to proceed with the highly controversial
move, which certainly will face legal challenges.

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said, declaring he can do it by executive order.

When told that's very much in dispute, Trump replied: "You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."

"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," Trump continued. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end." "It's in the process. It'll happen ... with an executive order."

The president expressed surprise that "Axios on HBO" knew about his secret plan: "I didn't think anybody knew that but me. I thought I was the only one. "

Behind the scenes: "Axios on HBO" had been working for weeks on a story on Trump’s plans for birthright citizenship, based on conversations with several sources, including one close to the White House Counsel’s office.

The legal challenges would force the courts to decide on a constitutional debate over the 14th Amendment, which says:

"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."

Be smart: Few immigration and constitutional scholars believe it is within the president's power to change birthright citizenship, former U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services chief counsel Lynden Melmed tells Axios.

But some conservatives have argued that the 14th Amendment was only intended to provide citizenship to children born in the U.S. to lawful permanent residents — not to unauthorized immigrants or those on temporary visas. John Eastman, a constitutional scholar and director of Chapman University's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, told "Axios on HBO" that the Constitution has been misapplied over the past 40 or so years.

He says the line "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" originally referred to people with full, political allegiance to the U.S. — green card holders and citizens.

Michael Anton, a former national security official in the Trump administration, recently took up this argument in the Washington Post.

Anton said that Trump could, via executive order, "specify to federal agencies that the children of noncitizens are not citizens" simply because they were born on U.S. soil. (It’s not yet clear whether Trump will take this maximalist argument, though his previous rhetoric suggests there’s a good chance.)

But others — such as Judge James C. Ho, who was appointed by Trump to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in New Orleans — say the line in the amendment refers to the legal obligation to follow U.S. laws, which applies to all foreign visitors (except diplomats) and immigrants.

He has written that changing how the 14th Amendment is applied would be "unconstitutional."


GUYS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Akindele Dauda

Its good may be Nigerians will lean how to stay in their countrie
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Oluwaseun King Sofoluwe

I don't see how this is a problem. Let everyone learn to stay in their countries and make things work.
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Prince Raheem Samod Babatunde

Do you expect more from him? I'm not surprised!
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Gabriel O Okunlola

Trump is foolish

Atoyebi Abass Akinloye

He want to stop what makes America exceptional.

Princess Akim

They can come to Biafra and deliver there baby
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Browayson John Sr.

To hell with America. I really don't fancy that country self cos of the shenanigans going on there by this immigrant president called Trump. He forgets that he is also one right?, this is so foolish a move for him to make.
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Emeka Ben Queen

Let him do that pls... so that the Americans can come to our country too and give birth πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… this is so epic...
But... come to think of it, how can one get pregnant in Nigeria and rush to America and give birth?
This is a true definition of "rat wey dey house na dey go tell rat wey dey outside say fish dey house.
Let's build & promote our country too and give birth here
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Timothy N. Goodluck

Good news, I love this Man
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