US President Donald Trump

There’s much talk today around the world about US President Donald Trump’s plan to 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. If effected, such a move could affect many, many people. The US President  had been speaking yesterday in an exclusive interview for “Axios on HBO.

Axios reports that such a move would be the most dramatic one yet in Trump’s hardline immigration campaign. n Saturday, the President, during a Fox News interview, vowed to construct tent cities to house migrants traveling through Mexico to the US southern border.

Meanwhile, some of the President’s defenders downplayed the prospects of successfully ending birthright citizenship by executive order. House Speaker, Paul Ryan told a Kentucky radio station that birthright citizenship could not be ended with an executive order. “Well, you obviously cannot do that,” he said.

Ryan said it would involve a “very, very lengthy” constitutional process to change the 14th Amendment, which was adopted in 1868 to protect citizenship rights for freed slaves. The step would immediately be challenged in court, he said.
Some of Trump’s previous immigration executive orders, including an attempt to bar entry to citizens from some Muslim-majority countries, came under legal scrutiny after a chaotic drafting process. At the same time, the President has derided his predecessor Barack Obama for taking executive actions to block some young undocumented immigrants from deportation, a step Trump said was a presidential overstep.