News or Noise: Trump can end birthright citizenship through executive order

November 07, 2018 11:28 PM

In an exclusive interview with Axios on HBO, President Donald Trump raised some eyebrows. 

"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all those benefits. It's ridiculous."


The president went on to say that he alone has the power to end birthright citizenship.  

President Trump: "It was always told to me that you need a constitutional amendment. Guess what, you don't. Number one, you don't need that." 

Reporter: "That's in dispute. That's very much in dispute."  

President Trump: "Well, you can definitely do it with an act of Congress, but now they're saying I can do it with just an executive order."

So, let's take a closer look at these claims. 

First, according to a NumbersUSA report, there are currently 30 countries that grant birthright citizenship, the United States and Canada however, are the only developed nations.

As for having the power to end birthright citizenship through executive order, it comes down to the interpretation of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says in part, that all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States.

However, President Trump doubled down on his claim in his exchange with reporters.

President Trump: "I'd rather do it through Congress because that's permanent but we can certainly do it, I really believe through executive order." 

If the President follows through with an executive order to end birthright citizenship, you can bet it'll be the courts that ultimately decide, making the president's claims mostly noise.   


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