Why Trump wants to take birthright citizenship out of the Constitution

Why Trump wants to take birthright citizenship out of the Constitution



President Trump vows to end birthright citizenship through an executive order. But what is birthright citizenship? And why was it amended to the Constitution?

He insisted that he could end birthright citizenship in the United States, even though many legal scholars and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan say it would be unconstitutional to do so.

“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other,” Trump tweeted. “It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof.'”

Trump added that “many legal scholars agree” with him though he did not name any.

In fact, many legal scholars say the 14th Amendment is clear in conferring citizenship on people born in the United States.

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