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President Trump proposes abolishing birthright US citizenship for babies born to non-citizens

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 30, 2018
07:37 A.M.

"Axios on HBO" released an exclusive short clip of an interview with President Donald Trump. During the interview, the president was asked about his plan of abolishing birthright US citizenship for babies born to non-citizens and immigrants.

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Trump revealed that he was, indeed, working on this amendment. He shared that he’d already spoken to his counsel and planned to proceed with it.

On Monday, "Axios on HBO" released a short clip of a new four-part documentary news series which will feature President Donald Trump. The documentary will debut on HBO on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The footage revealed that Trump had plans of signing an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the US.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. This amendment would target "anchor babies" and "chain migration."

Trump announced that he could make the abolishment by executive order. He said:

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't."

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When the president was challenged on his stance by the interviewer he insisted:

"You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."

Trump then announced that the US was "the only country in the world” where people could have babies and the children would automatically become citizens of the US “with all of those benefits."

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The president wasn’t completely right though seeing as European countries all required a period of residency before bestowing citizenship on those born to foreign parents. However, many countries such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina have the same birthright citizenship that the US currently upholds.

Source: YouTube/Axios

Source: YouTube/Axios

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It’s said that more than 30 countries, mostly in the Western Hemisphere, provide birthright citizenship. Legal challenges on the matter would force the courts to decide on a constitutional debate over the 14th Amendment.

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Source: YouTube/Axios

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The current amendment reads:

"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."

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At this point, only time will tell what Trump intends to do. His statement has come ahead of the November 6 midterm elections that will determine the control of Congress.

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On Saturday, the president was teased for not closing his umbrella while boarding Air Force One. A video clip showed Trump reached the top of the stairs leading to the plane and abandoning the open umbrella at the top of the stairs.

Source: YouTube/Axios

Source: YouTube/Axios

A Secret Service agent had to follow him to close and store the umbrella. It would be interesting to see how citizens take his planned amendment.

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