Saturday, December 29, 2018

President Trump Quiet On Ending U.S. Birthright Citizenship

Associated Press
President Trump made big news before the midterm elections by announcing he wanted to end birthright citizenship, but in the weeks since, there has been nary a word from the White House about possible action.
On Oct. 30, Mr. Trump said he was preparing an executive order that would nullify the long-accepted guarantee of birthright citizenship in the U.S. as part of his agenda to end incentives for illegal immigration.
“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 for 85 years, with all of those benefits,” Mr. Trump said at the time, erroneously singling out the U.S. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
People familiar with the president’s thinking say the order remains an option. But the White House didn’t respond to several inquiries about whether presidential action is imminent.
“There is no reason to believe that the president has abandoned the option of an executive order on birthright citizenship,” said Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies. If anything, he said, the likelihood of such executive action has increased because a Democrat-led House next year “would likely not consider legislation on birthright citizenship.”
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