Trump plans to end birthright citizenship

Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 04:58 Hrs
cmt right
Comment Right
cmt right
cmt right
Printer Print Email Email

US PresidentUS President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he is planning to put an end to what he called the "ridiculous" law that grants citizenship to all children born in US territory.

"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 US... with all of those benefits," Trump said in an interview with the online daily Axios, reports Efe.

Trump did not mention the fact that more than two dozen other countries, including Mexico and Canada, also have similar laws authorising citizenship for anyone born in their territory.

"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end," he added.

During the 2016 election campaign, Trump had explored this idea, although experts say that he will face significant obstacles and unleash a prolonged legal battle if he tries to implement it since birthright citizenship is an explicit part of the Constitution.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states: "All persons born or naturalised in the US and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the US and of the state wherein they reside."

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said, adding that "You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."

The US President provided no details about that proposition, saying only that he had discussed the matter with his legal advisers in the White House.

The Democratic National Committee criticised Trump's proposal as "obviously unconstitutional."

"His intent is clear: To incite fear, divide our nation, and make vulnerable communities feel unsafe," DNC spokesman Daniel Wessel said in a statement, adding "If you want leaders who will unite our country instead of divide it, you must vote on November 6."

Trump's plan would be directed against the US-born children of illegal immigrants and would not affect people with legal residence.

The escalation of the president's anti-immigrant rhetoric comes during the final stretch of the election campaign for the November 6 midterm vote in which Republicans are seeking to maintain their majority in Congress.

Read more news:

All phones in India to have 4G by 2020: Mukesh Ambani

iOS 12.1 to bring Group FaceTime, dual-SIM support

Source: IANS
Google Pixel and OnePlus smartphones are catching up and giving stiff competition to Samsu..
The Pentagon has selected Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS, the cloud computing arm ..
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is still developing its previously announced "Vacatio..
"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin doesn't want season eight to be the final chapter of "..
Wiley, a global leader in research and education has announced a series of blended learning progr..
Enterprise IT
Taking on streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu, Walt Disney Co. has announced it will laun..
The Reserve Bank of India injected a total liquidity of Rs 2.98 lakh crore in the market in 20..
Startup City
Youth are leading India's start-up ecosystem where the median age of founder-entrepreneurs..
US Indian
Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram has launched the beta version of its in-app sh..