Speaking to reporters on August 21, 2019, President Donald Trump said he is “seriously” considering ending U.S. birthright citizenship, calling it “ridiculous”, despite that this would be at odds with Supreme Court precedent.
FOX News reported,
“We’re looking at that very seriously,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Kentucky. “Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land — you walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby’s now a U.S. citizen. We’re looking at it very, very seriously …It’s, frankly, ridiculous.”
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1868 and granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States – including former slaves – and guarantees all citizens “equal protection of the laws.”
Trump has previously proposed ending birthright citizenship, most recently in 2018, when Trump said he would end birthright citizenship through an executive order, but did not provide a timeline for doing so:
“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,” Trump said. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
Presidential candidate, a Democratic senator from California, posted on Twitter that the President “should ‘seriously” consider reading the Constitution.”
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