President Trump has announced that he will be seeking to seriously curtail birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. The Daily Caller reports:
President Donald Trump will issue a future executive order to end birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants and some other non-citizens, he told Axios on HBO in a Monday TV interview.
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said of the impending action, confirming that he had spoken with the White House counsels office about the maneuver.
Trump continued, “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.” The president’s expected executive order is certain to spark a high stakes legal battle, which is likely to make it all the way to the Supreme Court.
This would be the most radical attempt at changing immigration law, but would likely result in numerous court battles. A case could be made that children of illegals are not covered under the 14th amendment, but any attempt to end birthright citizenship for the children of Green Card holders will likely not pass muster in the Supreme Court.