News By/Courtesy: MADHAV JOSHI | 01 Nov 2018 14:14pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • These comments were made with seven days left for the midterm elections
  • The amendment in question is the 14th Amendment which guarantees the right for all children born in the US
  • White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal

US President Donald Trump has declared that he wants to put an end to the constitutional right of citizenship for babies born in the United States to non-citizens. These comments were made with seven days left for the midterm elections, to “Axios on HBO”.  He further stated that he is dispatching additional troops announcing that he'll set up tent cities for asylum seekers. The president has long called for an end to birthright citizenship, along with many other conservatives. An executive order to revoke the right would lead to a petitions being filed in court over the power of the president to unilaterally change an amendment to the Constitution. The amendment in question is the 14th Amendment which guarantees the right for all children born in the US. When asked about the legality of such an order, Trump said, ``they're saying I can do it just with an executive order.” He further added ``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.” However, a 2010 study showed that 30 countries offered birth-right citizenship. The president said that White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal. It is unclear how quickly the plan would be executed with the White House not providing further details. An excerpt of the interview was posted on the Axios' website on Tuesday.

White House lawyers have debated the topic, and expect to collaborate with the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to develop a legal justification for the executive order. However, administration officials have stated that it is unlikely that there would be any decisions until after the midterms, due in part to the president's trip to Pittsburgh. Legal experts questioned whether Trump have spoken against the power to do so. Omar Jadwat, Director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in New York stated, ``If you are born in the United States, you're a citizen,'' adding that it was ``outrageous that the president can think he can override constitutional guarantees by issuing an executive order.”

 

Section Editor: UTKARSH JAISWAL | 01 Nov 2018 15:10pm IST


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