WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump is intensifying his hardline immigration rhetoric. Even though he most likely cannot do so, Trump claims he wants to order the end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens born in the United States. The vast majority of constitutional scholars agree this is impossible to do via executive order.
Trump made the comments to ?Axios on HBO? ahead of elections that he has sought to focus on his hardline immigration policies.
Revoking birthright citizenship would spark a court fight over whether the president has the unilateral ability to change an amendment to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees that right for all children born in the U.S. The first sentence of the 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.”