Trump preparing executive order that will end ‘birthright citizenship’ — but can he do it?

(National SentinelExecutive Action: POTUS Donald Trump may be setting himself up for a huge constitutional battle if reports that he’s preparing to issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship are accurate.

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Axios reported exclusively:

President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive interview for “Axios on HBO,” a new four-part documentary news series debuting on HBO this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The order would be one of the most dramatic moves yet by the president as his immigration reform agenda continues to be thwarted by Democrats in Congress and far too many RINOs, though that could all change in less than two weeks of a legitimate red wave sweeps the midterm elections.

Still, there is little doubt the order would be challenged in court. For one, the Fourteenth Amendment states clearly than anyone born on U.S. soil automatically becomes an American citizen. Section 1 says:

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. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The amendment, passed in the aftermath of the Civil War, was aimed at conveying citizenship rights to newly freed black slaves. But in recent years, the Left has exploited the provision to encourage more illegal immigration from Central America and Mexico.

Pregnant women from south of the border who have their babies on American soil are instantly parents of a U.S. citizen, which makes them extremely difficult to deport.

In the Axios interview, the president said he has vetted the order through his legal counsel and is convinced that he has the authority as president to issue it.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” POTUS said.

When told that he will likely face a swift and strong constitutional challenge, POTUS replied, “You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”

He continued: “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits,” Trump continued. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

Axios reported that 30 countries in the Western hemisphere have birthright citizenship, but nevertheless, the president’s right in that our system is being taken advantage of by the Left.

Some have argued that the 14th Amendment “was only intended to provide citizenship to children born in the U.S. to lawful permanent residents — not to unauthorized immigrants or those on temporary visas,” Axios reported.

That’s the argument that POTUS Trump’s administration is likely to make. Whether or not it will be successful remains to be seen.

Then again, it could that all of this is intended to bring the issue before the American people — most are not aware of this constitutional provision or how it’s being abused — so he can set up the real fight, which is repealing that part of the 14th through conventional means via Article V.

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