Skip to comments.Exclusive: Trump to terminate birthright citizenship
Posted on 10/30/2018 2:48:25 AM PDT by be-baw
President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive interview for "Axios on HBO," a new four-part documentary news series debuting on HBO this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Why it matters: This would be the most dramatic move yet in Trump's hardline immigration campaign, this time targeting "anchor babies" and "chain migration." And it will set off another stand-off with the courts, as Trumps power to do this through executive action is debatable to say the least.
Trump told Axios that he has run the idea of ending birthright citizenship by his counsel and plans to proceed with the highly controversial move, which certainly will face legal challenges.
"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said, declaring he can do it by executive order. When told says that's very much in dispute, Trump replied: "You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."
"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 continued. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end." "It's in the process. It'll happen ... with an executive order."
The president expressed surprise that Axios knew about his secret plan: "I didn't think anybody knew that but me. I thought I was the only one. "
Behind the scenes:
Swan had been working for weeks on a story on Trumps plans for birthright citizenship, based on conversations with several sources, including one close to the White House Counsels office. The story wasnt ready for prime time, but Swan figured he'd spring the question on Trump in the interview.
The legal challenges would force the courts to decide on a constitutional debate over the 14th Amendment, which says:
"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."
Be smart: Few immigration and constitutional scholars believe it is within the president's power to change birthright citizenship, former U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services chief counsel Lynden Melmed tells Axios.
But some conservatives have argued that the 14th Amendment was only intended to provide citizenship to children born in the U.S. to lawful permanent residents not to unauthorized immigrants or those on temporary visas. John Eastman, a constitutional scholar and director of Chapman University's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, told Axios that the Constitution has been misapplied over the past 40 or so years. He says the line "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" originally referred to people with full, political allegiance to the U.S. green card holders and citizens.
Michael Anton, a former national security official in the Trump administration, recently took up this argument in the Washington Post.
Anton said that Trump could, via executive order, "specify to federal agencies that the children of noncitizens are not citizens" simply because they were born on U.S. soil. (Its not yet clear whether Trump will take this maximalist argument, though his previous rhetoric suggests theres a good chance.) But others such as Judge James C. Ho, who was appointed by Trump to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in New Orleans say the line in the amendment refers to the legal obligation to follow U.S. laws, which applies to all foreign visitors (except diplomats) and immigrants. He has written that changing how the 14th Amendment is applied would be "unconstitutional."
Between the lines: Until the 1960s, the 14th Amendment was never applied to undocumented or temporary immigrants, Eastman said.
Between 1980 and 2006, the number of births to unauthorized immigrants which opponents of birthright citizenship call "anchor babies" skyrocketed to a peak of 370,000, according to a 2016 study by Pew Research. It then declined slightly during and following the Great Recession.
The Supreme Court has already ruled that children born to immigrants who are legal permanent residents have citizenship. But those who claim the 14th Amendment should not apply to everyone point to the fact that there has been no ruling on a case specifically involving undocumented immigrants or those with temporary legal status.
The bottom line: If Trump follows through on the executive order, "the courts would have to weigh in in a way they haven't," Eastman said.
The full interview will air on "Axios on HBO" this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Subject to the Jurisdiction Thereof means, All persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power are declared to be citizens of the United States.
Who are the subjects of a foreign power? Thomas Jefferson said Aliens are the subjects of a foreign power. Thus, the statute can be read as “All persons born in the United States who are not alien.”
“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 ...
Yes. Doodledork is well versed in the liberal talking points because hes a troll.
Why do you have to go there? Disagreeing on certain issues doesn’t make you a troll. There is certainly confusion on these points. I have questions too and I have a personal interest since my daughters were born overseas.
“This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to families of ambassadors or foreign ministers” is a confusing sentence. I believe properly read you would need an “or” between foreigners and aliens to make it agree with your interpretation. Seems the entire sentence ONLY includes diplomats who indeed have immunity to our jurisdiction. Every other person of alien descent ARE subject to our laws and are U.S. citizens, otherwise, how can you arrest them?
As much as I detest it, I abhor anchor baby concept but Senator Howard made the statement that that can be interpreted as saying that everyone born here IS a U.S. citizen except for the diplomat’s seed.
You don’t have to be nasty to make a point!
Why? The author of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment has already made it clear.
“As much as I detest it, I abhor anchor baby concept but Senator Howard made the statement that that can be interpreted as saying that everyone born here IS a U.S. citizen except for the diplomats seed.”
Indians weren’t and they were born here. See 164. It’s painfully obvious.
ABOUT. EFFIN. TIME!!!!!!!
NOW would be a good time to “step down” from the Earth, Notorious RBG.
No doubt Nielsen leaked it
My daughters were born on English soil while I was stationed in London, and they most certainly have dual citizenship. To say you are not subject to the jurisprudence of a foreign country would mean that you could not be locked up for breaking their rules. Americans overseas are locked up every day! In reality, only diplomats can break rules and not be arrested.
The rub for me (and my daughters) is that since they have dual citizenship, they are not Natural Born Citizens of America, therefore can never run for the office of President. Bummer.
“”It would be the most beautiful executive order ever.”
In the tradition of “I have a pen and a phone”. I approve, because that is how I interpret “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof”. Those who still have a claim to aid from their embassy are clearly subject to the jurisdiction of their home country’s government.”
“Those who still have a claim to aid from their embassy are clearly subject to the jurisdiction of their home country’s government.”
Very very good point !!
If those people are subject to another nation’s jurisdiction, they can’t be subject to that of the U.S.
As a British anchor baby, my father was in the Air Force, I was consistently told growing up that as a dual citizen, I could never run for president.
+1. Howard Stern used to and maybe still does call himself the 'King of all Media'. I think President Trump has taken that title away from him. LOL.
“Why do you have to go there? Disagreeing on certain issues doesnt make you a troll. “
Because I come from a long line of toro fecundians. Able to smell trolls and bullsh!t from a mile away. If doodle is not a troll then I’ll eat my MAGA hat.
That is awesome.
Because under the Constitution, and the Supreme Courts interpretation of the Constitution at the time, Indian tribes were classified as domestic dependent nations, and therefore, Indians were tribal citizenships, not American citizens. Their children were born in their "nations" and not in the U.S. so they were not granted citizenship. This somewhat ridiculous designation was upheld by several Supreme Court cases and was eventually done away with starting with the Dawes Act in 1887.
Probably. Unless they were somehow able to attach it to a budget bill.
You are totally correct. A person born here of “legal residency” (key words) are definitely citizens of this country, NBC may be a different matter, who the hell knows for sure on that issue?
Under no circumstance, however, should the child of an illegal immigrant be granted citizenship. PERIOD!
As hard as it is for us to belive, Im betting there are many who don’t realize how that works. (Chain migration). This gets that whole ridiculous concept out in the open for discussion and debate. And praying the Supreme court will uphold it if it comes to that.
It's worth mentioning that Axios was started by Jim VandenHei, who started Politico after leaving the Washington Post, and Mike Allen, who was Politico's first hire from Time magazine.
Having built up Politico into the media outlet that it's become, VandenHei and Allen are trying to launch a second one to echo the messaging from the now-respected Politico.
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