PRESIDENT TRUMP PLANS TO CANCEL US CITIZENSHIP AT BIRTH



President Donald Trump in an interview excerpt released on Tuesday said he plans to cancel the right to citizenship for anyone born in the United States with an executive order.

The right to citizenship for anyone born in the US is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution which states that: "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."

His comments come a week before what is expected to be a hotly-contested midterm election which many has termed a referendum on Trump and his rhetoric.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said in an interview with Axios. “Now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”

Although, Trump asserts that he can change the provision with such order, there is a set process for modifying the constitution, which doesn’t include presidential decree.

Trump’s opposition to the constitutional provision focuses specifically on the fact that children born in the US to immigrant parents — whether they are in the country legally or not — are automatically citizens.

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby and the person is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous and it has to end,” he said.

Research though shows the US. is not the only country in the world that gives birthright citizenship. There are 33 countries in the world that do it, including Canada.

Trump said he had spoken to legal counsel about it and that the change is in the works.

“It’s in the process, it’ll happen — with an executive order.”