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Trump Says He Will Get Rid of “Birthright Citizenship” 

Trump Says He Will Get Rid of “Birthright Citizenship” 

Former President Donald Trump has reiterated his stance on “birthright citizenship,” saying in a recent video that one of his first acts, if re-elected, would be to abolish the policy. 

One of the most debated topics in immigration policy is “birthright citizenship,” which refers to granting automatic citizenship to individuals born within a country’s territorial borders, regardless of their parent’s citizenship status. 

During his presidential campaign in 2015 and throughout his tenure, Donald Trump expressed his opposition to birthright citizenship. He argued that it incentivized individuals to enter the United States illegally solely to have a child who would be granted American citizenship. Trump claimed that this practice, often called “birth tourism,” was a loophole that undermined the integrity of the U.S. immigration system.

Trump proposed to end birthright citizenship by executive order, stating that he believed it could be done without amending the Constitution. He argued that the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” did not apply to the children of undocumented immigrants or those with temporary legal status.

Now out on the campaign trail in his attempt to retake the White House in 2024, the former President has reiterated his pledge to eliminate birthright citizenship should he be re-elected.

If elected back to the White House next year, Trump said in a video posted to social media that he will, on day one, sign an executive order to ensure the children of undocumented migrants “will not receive automatic US citizenship.”

Trump also said his order would “choke off a major incentive for continued illegal immigration, deter more migrants from coming and encourage many of the alien’s Joe Biden has unlawfully let into our country to go”.

Supporters of Trump’s position agree that ending birthright citizenship would deter unauthorized immigration by removing the potential incentive of securing citizenship for their children. Trump and his supporters believe that by closing this loophole, the U.S. could strengthen its immigration system and discourage individuals from exploiting it.

Furthermore, some legal scholars and many conservative lawmakers agree with Trump’s interpretation that the 14th Amendment does not grant birthright citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants. They argue that the amendment’s original intent was to grant citizenship to former slaves and their descendants, not to extend it to unauthorized immigrants.

Trump also highlighted that the United States was among the few developed nations with birthright citizenship. He argued that by ending this practice, the U.S. would align itself with other countries with more restrictive policies, thereby reducing the potential for abuse.

“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. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end,” Trump said.

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  1. betty

    way past time to do this so get it done!

  2. Tom

    Ok, here we go again! Another executive order that will be reversed after Trump! When will our Congress do its job and debate this issue to a conclusion! When will Congress do its job and complete immigration reform!?? There are too many GOP and Dem party powerful people who benefit from the system the way it is now and do not want it changed. Both parties have had house majorities and executive office alignment and both parties failed to do anything about immigration reform and/or reforming the 14th Amendment. This means it is of little interest to them. They like it the way it is and they like misleading the public about their true intentions!

  3. Darren

    Follow the Money!

  4. frank stetson

    Trump has been talking this trash since 2015, he couldn’t get er done in his first four years, so trots it out a freebie for his next term. More marginalized minorities for the frustrated to target for destruction.

    I wonder how far back they will go. Can I, literally, be “grandfathered.” Our transgressions were in the late 1800’s out to the 1950’s?

    Will we really put limbo kids in worse situation than even hell? You know, lost kids without a country. And what country do we deport them to, the mother’s? the father’s? Alphabetical? And why do we expect said target country of deportation to accept limbo kids born in America?

    Slaves were never citizens, only the 14th amendment made them citizens, that’s 1868, the amendment which this Trumpian edict would probably need to amend or overturn to rise above the Trumpian-like EO and become a real Biden-like law. Can Black America believe you will catch that? Or maybe deport all slaves is a win-win solving the reparations problem too. Just like the Tennessee Drag ban caught Tootsie and Halloween in its edit that created it’s Draconian Drag law, recently overturned FYI on its lack of merit.

    But it’s Trump, no one cares what he says, does he ever live up to it, or if he does — is he lying about it? Statistically speaking, he is. Like he said ending ObamaCare is ez, Trump will fix the debt in eight years, covid will be gone in a month, it’s just the flu, Trump will finish the wall or steal you blind in the offing, or he will write down the debt as easy as leaving Atlantic City ====> Trump can promise anything, but usually delivers results with the same words, but little proof. Most think this one is Constitutional, so, good luck Don. Since he made the same claim in 2015, there’s the result.

    His admin even talked of doing this in late 2020, a final EO farewell, but I guess other documents stole the stage towards the end there. The problem is, like abortion, how do you undue what you’ve been doing since 1868 while protecting those we’ve claimed as citizens for close to 100 years back.

  5. Robin W Boyd

    I agree that birthright citizenship is an attraction for immigrants to illegally enter the U.S. It must be stopped to help reduce the number of foreigners from wanting to illegally enter the U.S., have a child that could stay in the U.S. when they are deported. This is not a family friendly way to deal with immigration.