Civics 101: What does the 14th Amendment say?

Obama Hits Back At Trump's Claims He Can End Birthright Citizenship

Special Briefing: The End of Birthright Citizenship? | Need to Know

It's doubtful. But he could, by executive order, reaffirm that persons who have entered the U.S. illegally are not subject to its full jurisdiction and that birthright citizenship is not extended to any child born to them in this country.

In recent years, many other countries have abandoned birthright citizenship.

Following a report that Trump may try to end birthright citizenship, the internet has dug up an old tweet from his presidential rival Hillary Clinton that is extremely relevant to the situation.

There is also the phenomenon of "birth tourism", when wealthy people from overseas travel here purely to gain US citizenship for their soon-to-arrive infants. The written intent was to address the citizenship status of children of former slaves. I have always entertained the possibility that I could one day run for president if my whims led me to. "I believe that you can have a simple vote in Congress or it's even possible - in my opinion, this is after meeting with some very talented legal scholars - that you can do it through an executive order", said the US President. "If we had a government that really dealt with the issues of inequality and poverty that we created" in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, "they (the refugees) would be able to stay home and make a living", Velasquez concluded. "When you're a star, they let you do that".

An exception is Colombia where citizenship is granted if the parents are citizens or can prove they were residents at the time of birth. In these frightening times, we need an analysis and a strategy centered on building solidarity with the most targeted communities while placing an urgent emphasis on direct action and mobilization.

"You don't realise what a big industry - it's an industry". Many come from China.

Typically, Australian citizens undertaking surrogacy in the United States obtain USA citizenship for their child, and then travel back to Australia where the child applies for and obtains Australian citizenship. We are the walking, talking, realized American dream. "It's insane", he said. Second, you generally don't ignore the clear wording of a statute unless there is compelling evidence to the contrary. What about all those legal residents on an H-1B, H-4, F-1, L-1, J-1 or other visas who are expecting a baby in the United States, or are trying to have one? And that dictator has his wife have a baby on American soil.

It would also impose hardship on all Americans, who could no longer point to a birth certificate as proof of citizenship.

"These rhetorical attacks pave the way for shameful policies", including Trump's "proposal to end birthright citizenship", said the Washington Office on Latin America, a think tank that tracks Latin American issues and developments, along with USA policy responses.

Birthright citizens in turn can then bring their entire extended family into the country through chain migration.

Vermont's senior senator suggested that Trump's focus on immigration is meant to distract voters from Republican Party efforts to pass healthcare legislation which would limit coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. If a law is backed by a statute, then it can only be changed through another statute. The Democrats refuse to do it. "Political and military rights and duties do not pertain to them".

Less than a week before the midterm elections, President Trump is betting that one issue above all others will decide whether Republicans keep control of Congress: immigration.

This right is enshrined in the Constitution; we live in a constitutional democracy and the law isn't what Trump says it is, and no man is above the law. But a majority called for a change to the constitution while also claiming to be, 'originalists'.

It remains to be seen what the executive order would say, and if Trump would target only illegal immigrants and those on a tourist visa who give birth here.

His statement has validity to it, other nations have different birthright citizenship policies, most just do not grant citizenship right at birth like it is here now in the U.S. However, this is an outright violation of the constitution that is the supreme law of the land.

SIMON: The first section of the amendment reads, (reading) 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. This creation of new definitions of illegality and non-citizens only adds to the specter of the "violent immigrant" that Trump has further entrenched in conservative Americans.

"Just so you understand, a person comes in - was never in our country before - has a baby, now all of a sudden the baby's a USA citizen".

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