Trump to end right to citizenship for US-born babies

US President Donald Trump speaks to the Future Farmers of America convention at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. EPA

Krikorian said the executive order is "long overdue" - but Trump's idea to revoke birthright citizenship is "ill-timed" and misguided, says Kristen Clarke, the executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Wong says she does not believe an executive order can overturn an amendment to the constitution.

Monday saw Mr Trump order a collection of 5,200 troops to the US-Mexico border in a bid to help secure the area as the group of 3,000 Central American migrants head towards it.

President Trump tells Axios that he plans to make a fundamental change to USA citizenship rules: Babies born on American soil will no longer automatically be considered citizens. The 14th Amendment guarantees that right for all children born in the U.S. But now they're saying I can do it with just an executive order.

Trump had said previously in an interview with Axios that he would end the blanket guarantee via an executive order - something not included in provisions for modifying the U.S. constitution. "Guess what? You don't", President Donald Trump told a reporter for Axios on HBO. "And then they're obligated as citizens to contribute to this country in a number of ways".

"We all know what the 14th Amendment says". It's unclear how quickly he would act on an executive order.

With that said, Yegani is skeptical as to whether Trump will actually move forward with this plan.

Even Vice President Mike Pence, on the campaign trail in 2016, declared birthright citizenship was "settled law".

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He was speaking to Axios in an interview, whose clips were aired today ahead of the full broadcast on Sunday, where he said he has already consulted with White House's counsel on the matter.

The court first interpreted the clause in 1872, shortly after the amendment's passage, said Cevallos, and concluded that itwas made to "establish the citizenship of" African-Americans while excluding the children of "ministers, consuls, and citizens or subjects of foreign states born within the United States".

Birthright citizenship has been repealed in a handful of other countries, including Australia, Ireland, France and India.

Terminating the USA policy would likely face legal challenges in court. I think the President is looking at executive action.

But the top Republican in Congress, Speaker Paul Ryan, said the president does not have that power.

Another Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Mr. Trump for his move.

Congressman Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville, called the president's announcement "fear mongering", and called on Trump to back down from his plan.

Senator Lindsay Graham said that he intends to introduce a legislation in the Senate to bring a constitutional amendment in this regard.

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