US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would fight all the way to the Supreme Court to end a constitutional guarantee of citizenship for people born on US soil, stepping up his anti-immigrant offensive in the final stretch before key midterm elections.
Donald Trump plans to push an executive order to end the right of U.S. citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizens and immigrants in the country illegally, he told Axios in an interview published on Tuesday, a move that would prompt a constitutional fight.
"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment".
Pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), U.S. citizenship is automatically granted to any person born within and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, Wikipedia reports.
The president's comments come ahead of next week's mid-term election, in which immigration is a key issue for his GOP base.
US President Donald Trump has been contemplating next on signing an executive order that could dash the big American Dreams of many, especially Indians. Now, it's being used by people entering the USA illegally to have so-called "anchor babies" who are granted full United States citizenship.
"I think it's very hard to predict the future, but I will say that to date there has been pretty strong clear consensus that the birthright citizenship clause really clearly establishes that if you're born in the United States, you're a citizen in the United States".
Mr Trump would also need backing from three quarters of U.S. state legislature at a constitutional convention - a gathering with the intent of altering the constitution.
What does the end of birthright citizenship mean? "It'll happen. with an executive order", he insisted.
Trump has mentioned the idea of voiding the amendment before, most notably in August of 2015, when the birthright issue became part of his hard-line policies on immigration as a presidential candidate. Under the current law, when the children, born to the unauthorised citizens in the United States, turn 21 they can sponsor their families also for becoming USA citizens. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous, and it has to end".
This is a principal adopted by many countries around the world and is held within the U.S. constitution, which forms the basis of the entire government.
But the top Republican in Congress, Speaker Paul Ryan, said the president does not have that power.