It seems that the Trump administration has set its sights, once again, on the limitation of immigration. This time, he has focused on the citizenship that is given to babies that are born on American soil, seeking to rescind a policy that he called “ridiculous.”
In an interview released by Axios earlier this morning, the President was asked about his plan to go about this revocation of a right. His response was that it was possible to do so with the use of an executive order as well as going through Congress. The idea that he has the power to alter how the 14th Amendment applies is creating an intense debate among political scholars, lawmakers, and, even a Trump appointed judge.
The 14th Amendment phrase in question is from the first section: “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.”
The goal of Trump, aside from giving himself even more media coverage, is to prevent illegal immigrants from having children within the United States who then gain citizenship, also known as an anchor baby. Whether or not this is a constitutional act will be up for the Supreme Court to debate, which is even more interesting considering that there is no precedent ruling on this issue.