Trump chips away to halt the flow of illegals

The latest from Donald Trump is a proposal to change the law so that children born in the United States to visitors do not automatically become US citizens. This would remove the current incentive for illegals to travel to the US for their future children to become US citizens.  Quote.

Donald Trump has revealed he wants to remove the right for children of illegal immigrants born in America to automatically get US citizenship, triggering a heated debate about the legality of such a move.

The US president said he would sign an executive order ending so-called birth right citizenship, which was enshrined in an amendment to the US constitution 150 years ago.” End of quote.

The US 150 years ago did not face the challenges of illegal migration that it does today.  Quote.

It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” said Mr Trump, who proposed the move in August 2015 during his presidential campaign. “Guess what? You don’t.”

Pushed on whether that was correct, Mr Trump added: “You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”  End of quote.

Trump’s announcement has sparked a fierce debate over the mechanism required to effect his proposed law change. Quote.

Paul Ryan, the most senior Republicans in the House of Representatives, directly contradicted Mr Trump, saying “you cannot end birth right citizenship with an executive order”. End of quote.

The debate focuses on the interpretation of the wording of the 14th Amendment.  Quote.

The 14th amendment reads: “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.”

Those on Mr Trump’s side of the argument believe that the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” refer to people who have full political allegiance to America, which would exclude illegal migrants.

However many constitutional lawyers reject such an interpretation. Were Mr Trump to implement the policy it would likely be challenged and ultimately decided in the Supreme Court.

The debate focused around how the exact wording of the 14th amendment, which outlined the rule and was adopted in 1868, should be understood in the context of 21st century mass migration.” End of quote.

Say what you like about Trump, but he never walks away from a fight or a challenge.

According to the Pew Research Center, illegal migration peaked in the US in 2007 with 370,000 illegals and fell away after the global financial crisis to 275,000 in 2014.  Quote.

The plan has emerged just a week before the US midterm elections and adds to a growing list of claims and policy moves Mr Trump has made over illegal immigration.

He has already sent 5,200 soldiers to the southern border to counter a migrant ‘caravan’ approaching through Mexico. A second ‘caravan’ of more than 1,000 forced is now in Mexico after forcing its way across the river from Guatemala.” End of quote.

Trump is attempting to pull off what the Republicans have been trying to do for the last 30 years, which is to remove birthright citizenship.  Quote.

Legislation proposing such a change has been tabled in every Congress since 1991. A bill currently in the House of Representatives backing the change has 50 co-sponsors.” End of quote.

There is a very strong possibility that Trump will achieve what his predecessors could not.


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