Donald Trump plans authoritarian move to end birthright citizenship with an executive order in his latest attack on the rule of law, specifically the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. He thinks he has the right to choose who can become a U.S. citizen. The fact is, he cannot change the Constitution.
During an interview with Axios HBO, Trump, whose mother and two of his wives are immigrants, said he consulted with the White House counsel (there is currently none in place) and is within his right to end birthright citizenship with an executive order.
The 14th Amendment guaranteed the right of citizenship to all African Americans in 1868, now Trump wants to change all that because he thinks he can do whatever he wants to stem immigration of black and brown people, especially those from “shithole countries.”
Hillary Clinton tried to warn America back in 2016 that Trump would end birthright citizen back. Every single thing she has said on the campaign trail about Trump’s moves are coming true. Elections have consequences.
FACT: Donald Trump would end birthright citizenship. https://t.co/RJfgxTC2Ou
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 5, 2016
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) clapped back at Trump: “A president cannot amend Constitution or laws via executive order. Concept of natural-born citizen in #14thAmendment derives from natural-born subject in Britain. Phrase “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” excludes mainly foreign diplomats, who are not subject to U.S. laws.”
Reaction on Twitter to Trump’s (really Stephen Miller) latest attack on brown and black people:
The founders set up the constitution so the president can’t do what he’s proposing to do with birthright citizenship. It’s a stunt, like sending the troops to a border for a non-existent invasion.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 30, 2018
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) October 30, 2018
Trump has made it perfectly clear: People from "shithole countries," who are not white are not welcome. But he'll marry the ones who fit his ethnic standard. It's not about cracking down on immigration. It's about "purifying" America. #BirthrightCitizenship
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 30, 2018