2019 Could End Birthright Citizenship

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2019 Could End Birthright Citizenship

President Trump at an event in the White House Foyer on December 3, 2017

President Trump at an event in the White House Foyer on December 3, 2017

Photo by Evan Vucci

President Trump at an event in the White House Foyer on December 3, 2017

Photo by Evan Vucci

Photo by Evan Vucci

President Trump at an event in the White House Foyer on December 3, 2017

Emma Brisbois, Managing Editor

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October 30– President Trump announced that he has been working on an Executive Order that might be used to cancel the 14th amendment of the United States constitution. This amendment provides anyone born on United States soil with an automatic right to citizenship. This means that if undocumented immigrants have a child, their child will gain their own rights to become an American.

“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 for 85 years,” President Trump said during an interview with Axios. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end,” President Trump said.

This is factually a false statement, as many other countries all over the globe allow children born on their soil to possess rights of a citizen. Getting rid of this amendment would be a further action of president to try to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants on American grounds.

Many people rejected the thought of getting rid of the 14th amendment, even those in the Republican Party. In fact, House of Representatives member Paul Ryan pushed back pretty furiously. “I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said. “And I think in this case, the 14th Amendment is pretty clear, and that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process,” Ryan said.

No one really knows how serious President Trump is about this idea, but many people disagree with the ideals and do not support the thought of getting rid of an amendment all together. The lack of support from other governmental branches provides much relief to those that do not agree with this, as an executive order cannons change the constitution.

Emma Brisbois

Emma joined The Flightline in August of 2017. She is a senior this year, involved in cheerleading and show choir. Outside of school, she enjoys going to concerts, playing the piano and hanging out with friends. You can email her at [email protected]