US President Donald Trump has disclosed that he plans to sign an executive order “remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S.-soil.”
The move would challenge a 150-year-old constitutional standard that anyone born in the United States of America is an American citizen.
Mr. Trump told “Axios on HBO”: “How ridiculous, we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
He said the executive order is “in process… It’ll happen.”
The 14th Amendment, passed after the Civil War, specifically says that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens.”
The Supreme Court has upheld this rule for legal permanent residents, but has never decided a citizenship case involving an illegal immigrant or a short-term visitor to the U.S.
On Monday, the government announced it was deploying over 5,200 troops to the southern border to block the caravan of migrants, which is expected arrive at the U.S. next month.