Donald Trump pushes for end to birthright citizenship

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Mr Trump revealed his intentions in an interview with American news site Axios, which has led to dispute over his presidential powers.

It seems to me that if we want to change birthright citizenship, we have to amend the constitution.

Mr Trump would have a better chance of ending citizenship at birth for non-citizens with an act of Congress but it would require a majority in both houses of Congress.

Allowing an executive order to go through would be specifically against the 14th amendment, which states: "All persons born or naturalised in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside".

Former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy said Tuesday that President Trump is "right on the substance" when it comes to the 14th Amendment and potentially curbing birthright citizenship. "Guess what? You don't", Trump told Axios. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous".

If Trump issues an executive order to end birthright citizenship "there will be lawsuits from all over the country over equal protection", Yegani added.

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As it stands, children born to non-US citizens on American soil have the right to U.S. citizenship in almost all circumstances.

Here's what you need to know about the 14th Amendment.

Graham, a Trump rival for the GOP nomination in the 2016 election who emerged as one of the president's strongest boosters during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, didn't comment on Trump's claim to be able to eliminate the right with executive authority. This is part of the anti-immigrant fervor that Trump is whipping up against Democrats in the midterm election.

He has vented his fury over a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US-Mexico border and is dispatching an additional 5,200 troops to bolster security. Birthright citizenship allows any baby born on US soil to automatically be a USA citizen.

It was unclear what specific action his order would pursue, and Trump gave no other details. We're not catching, we're not releasing. Although changes to the birthright citizenship are in debate every few years, it is for the first time that a USA president has talked about revoking it by an executive order.