US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration is seriously looking into an executive order to end birthright citizenship.
“We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously. It’s frankly ridiculous, Trump said while responding to a question on the birthright citizenship, which grants automatic citizenship to those born in the US.
“Birthright citizenship where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby is now a US citizen. We’re looking at it very, very seriously,” Trump added.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had said that he will end the birthright citizenship.
Earlier Wednesday, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan unveiled new policies which will allow the government to detain families crossing the US-Mexico border longer than before. If the new rule survives court challenges, the policy change could permit authorities to detain families through the duration of their immigration proceedings.
The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees birthright citizenship and states: “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.”