President Trump plans to end the "ridiculous" policy that grants automatic citizenship rights of children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants or non-citizens.
In an interview with Axios, Trump said he hopes to enact an executive order to revoke the practice of giving citizenship to what are known as "anchor babies."
"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States... with all of those benefits. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end," the president said.
The move would likely set off a court battle, as his "travel ban" barring immigrants from seven known terrorist hotbeds did when Trump issued an executive order. The 14th Amendment addresses the subject, saying: "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."
But some argue that the Amendment, written in 1868, does not apply.
John Eastman, a constitutional scholar and director of Chapman University's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, told "Axios on HBO" that the Constitution has been misapplied over the past 40 or so years. He says the line "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" originally referred to people with full, political allegiance to the U.S. — green card holders and citizens.
And Trump, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also asserted during the 2016 primaries that the phrase "subject to the jurisdiction" refers only to people with a legal right to be in the U.S.
The Daily Wire