On Tuesday, October 30, President Trump revealed some drastic news. In a newly released interview, he said that he is wanting to sign an executive order specifically regarding the “birthright citizenship” for babies of non-U.S. citizens born on U.S. soil.
President Trump threatened to end the “birthright citizenship” privilege. The policy is found in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
The 14th 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.”
President Trump called the birthright citizenship standard “ridiculous” and said that it “has to end,” based on the loopholes in the system. If he were to sign the executive order, it would potentially have to face the Supreme Court, according to Fox.
Many people have shared their opinions on the matter. While many have said that President Trump does not have the right to mess with the Constitution, others have pointed out the middle clause in the 14th Amendment, “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”
Michael Anton, a former national security adviser, said, “What they are saying is, if you are born on U.S. soil subject to the jurisdiction of the United States- meaning you’re the child of citizens or the child of legal immigrants, then you are entitled to citizenship. If you are here illegally, if you owe allegiance to a foreign nation, if you’re the citizen of a foreign country, that clause does not apply to you.”
After the announcement, thousands of people took to Twitter to share their opinions, and a full-on debate ensued. Below are some of the posts:
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