President Donald Trump has announced his plans to terminate the right to citizenship for babies born on US soil to non-citizens.
According to UK’s Independent, Trump said the “process” to end birthright citizenship by executive order is underway and denied such a fundamental change would need the input of Congress.
Defending his stance, Mr Trump falsely claimed the US was the “only country in the world” that permits birthright citizenship. More than 30 countries allow unconditional citizenship to babies born within their borders, including most of the Americas.
Asked if he had consulted White House lawyers about such a contentious move, Mr Trump said he had and that it was “in the process, and it will happen”.
“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.
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, US citizenship is granted to any person born on US soil and ultimately stems from the Fourteenth Amendment of the American constitution.
The 1868 amendment states:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”