Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship


Kyle Vergara, Senior

In a press conference on October 30, President Donald Trump states that birthright citizenship will end “one way or the other.”

With Trump’s latest take on the children of undocumented immigrants, he plans, through executive order, to end birthright citizenship. President Trump claims that this right can end through his power, but it is very unlikely to be executed without a constitutional amendment.

The birthright citizenship is mentioned in the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution which states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.”

Donald Trump tweeted on October 31, saying, “So called birthright citizenship, which costs our country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof many legal scholars agree…..”

Donald Trump did not give any details about his plan. The White House has not made any preparations for additional details regarding an executive order.

Omar Jadwat, who is the director of ACLU stated, “The president cannot erase the Constitution with an executive order. This is a transparent and blatantly unconstitutional attempt to sow division and fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms.”

All in all, this blatant declaration by President Trump just further proves how divisive the political culture is in the United States. With opinions flared up so high, it is unlikely any real legislation will actually be enacted.