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Trump Wants To Alter The Constitution By Executive Order


The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees citizenship to any person born in the United States. It's commonly called "birthright citizenship". Donald Trump doesn't like it, and he thinks he can change that by issuing an executive order.

In an interview with Axios on HBO, Trump said the following:

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't." 

"You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an Executive order."

"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. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end." 

"It's in the process. It'll happen ... with an executive order."

He's wrong. Congress cannot change the Constitution by passing a law, and a president cannot change it by issuing an executive order. All laws passed by Congress must agree with the Constitution as written, and so must all presidential executive orders. If they do not, then they will be nullified by the Supreme Court.

Trump is also wrong about the United States being the only country that has birthright citizenship. (See below for other countries that offer it).

Maybe Trump thinks the conservative majority on the Supreme Court will back his effort to change the Constitution by executive order. I doubt it though. I think most of those conservative justices would support a literal reading of the Fourteenth Amendment (which is very clear about birthright citizenship).

More likely is that this is just more red meat for his racist and xenophobic base -- to get them out to vote in this congressional election (like his demonization of immigrants and refugees).

Other countries with birthright citizenship:

1.Antigua and Barbuda
2. Argentina
3. Barbados
4. Belize
5. Bolivia
6. Brazil
7. Canada
8. Chad
9. Chile
10. Costa Rica
11. Cuba
12. Dominica
13. Ecuador
14. El Salvador
15. Fiji
16. Grenada
17. Guatamala
18.Guyana
19. Honduras
20. Jamaica
21. Lesotho
22. Mexico
23. Nicaragua
24. Pakistan
25. Panama
26. Paraguay
27. Peru
28. Saint Kitts and Navia
29. Saint Lucia
30. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
31. Tanzania
32. Trinidad and Tobago
33. Tuvalu
34. Uruguay
35. Venezuela


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