President Trump doubled down on his pledge to end birthright citizenship, asserting that it “will be ended one way or another.”
Mr. Trump shifted his proposed plans to dismantle birthright citizenship, after saying Tuesday that he intended to end the 150-year-old practice established by the 14th Amendment with an executive order.
He argued that the 14th Amendment shouldn’t apply to children born of those who immigrate illegally to the U.S. because of the legal ambiguity of the qualifying phrase “under the jurisdiction thereof” in the text of the amendment.
There is much legal debate over the position Mr. Trump argued, with many arguing that illegal immigrants are not subject to American jurisdiction, and therefore ineligible to claim citizenship for their children.
The Supreme Court has never explicitly ruled on the question of birthright citizenship of children born to illegal immigrants, but the president also promised his challenge to birthright citizenship will ultimately be addressed in the highest Court of the land.