Controversial as always has been, President Donald Trump has come up with yet another new idea that he wants to impose on the US citizens. This time it is the Birthright Citizenship that confers the American citizenship to the children born in the United States, even when the parents are from other countries.
To make it clearly understood, Trump has been talking about the abolition of the automatic American citizenship for anyone born in the United States. It should be remembered here that Trump had promised the step when he was electioneering for the Presidential election in 2016. He said he considers it “frankly ridiculous,”.
The rule has been in the constitution of the US for over 150 years now, and even prevalent through the common laws before that. Trump calls it “a magnet for illegal immigration” and wants to do away with the provision. But, what do the constitution experts have to say about the move?
The 14th amendment to the constitution has offered the naturalized citizenship. It clearly states that
“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.”
To state the fact – Trump is only making a noise about it and practically speaking, he cannot do anything in this respect. Constitution experts say that he cannot abolish the rule. If he comes up with any executive order, it would be treated as a violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution. There are some provisions to change the description of the eligibility, but most probably, it is unlikely to stay in any court of justice.
It should be noted that several countries in the West do follow the similar procedure, but a few have abolished the rule in the last few decades. Thes include Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India.