U.S. may end birthright citizenship

Report: Trump plans to sign executive order curbing birthright citizenship

Report: Trump plans to sign executive order curbing birthright citizenship

In an interview with "Axios on HBO" published Tuesday morning, Trump called the concept of birthright citizenship "ridiculous" and said it "has to end".

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment, but you don't".

Donald Trump says he's more powerful.

"You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order".

The 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States.

The head of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota says more than 30 countries, including Canada and Mexico, have birthright citizen laws - and he says the president's plan is not legal. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous".

Mr Trump would also need backing from three quarters of U.S. state legislature at a constitutional convention - a gathering with the intent of altering the constitution.

"It is also exceptionally unlikely that either of Trump's nominees to the Supreme Court would rule that there is any ambiguity in the 14th Amendment, which provides for birthright citizenship", Kolken said.

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The policy, which stems from a disputed but long-recognized interpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given rise to what Trump considers abuse of the immigration system.

But the citizenship acquired by virtue of the circumstances of birth has been in controversy for some time now as few people are of the opinion that the USA is the only country offering such a benefit and that it should be revoked.

It's worth noting that Trump was informed that requiring only an executive order to implement changes was "in dispute" and that any changes to legislation would likely face various legal challenges as the courts would have to conduct a constitutional debate over the 14th Amendment.

"What is very clear is you can't change this via executive fiat. It'll happen ... with an executive order", he said, without offering a time frame.

With that said, Yegani is skeptical as to whether Trump will actually move forward with this plan.

"I would like to see us get back to rule of law", Scalise said, before referring to the migrants and asylum seekers traveling through Mexico on the way to the USA border. Birthright citizenship allows any baby born on US soil to automatically be a USA citizen.

It's unclear whether Graham means he will initiate the process for a constitutional amendment.

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