In a clip released Tuesday morning on YouTube by Axios for its new HBO show, President Trump spouted his intentions to end birthright citizenship, which, last time we checked, was part of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution: “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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Here is the clip:
“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said in the interview. (FYI, this quote is NOT TRUE: more than 30 countries allow for birthright citizenship).
“It’s ridiculous and it has to end … it’s in the process and it’ll happen with an executive order,” he added.
This push to end birthright citizenship has been part of the anti-immigration lobby for decades. All one has to do is look up what organizations like Numbers USA, FAIR and CIS (all part of the Tanton Network) have said about this.
The neo-nativists are running the White House’s immigration policy now. And you would think Axios’ correspondents would have brought it up in the clip, or are they just trying to “tease” us all so we can watch their HBO show?
And yes, this is all unconstitutional, as Latino Rebels contributor (and immigration lawyer) Amy Maldonado tweeted: “A) This is unconstitutional and in violation of the 14th Amendment. B) This is also in violation of 8 U.S.C. 1401. C) I am an attorney, and *I* lack faith in #SCOTUS to uphold the Constitution and the law. Kavanaugh owes Trump everything. This will be a test of the Roberts Court.”