WASHINGTON (PM) — Trump on Wednesday stated his administration is once again seriously considering an unconstitutional executive order to terminate birthright citizenship months after several lawmakers added doubt on his ability to take such action.
“We’re looking at that very seriously,” Trump informed reporters as he left the White House for Kentucky. “Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land — walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby’s now a U.S. citizen.”
“We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” he added. “It’s, frankly, ridiculous.”
The president recommended ceasing the practice that confers citizenship to those born in the United States throughout his 2016 presidential campaign. He resurrected the idea last year, saying he would sign an executive order to enact the change.
Numerous lawmakers, including several Republicans, immediately pushed back on the idea and argued Trump lacked the authority to make such an abrupt change using an executive order. They cited that birthright citizenship is a right enshrined under the 14th Amendment.
Trump reacted to the criticism by responding birthright citizenship would be stopped “one way or another.”
The president has explored various ways to crack down on undocumented and legal immigration throughout his presidency.
His administration established and later reversed a “zero tolerance” policy that commanded the separation of thousands of migrant families; Trump has queried changes to asylum laws to keep refugees in Mexico while they wait to be processed; and the White House last week rolled out a rule that would make it more challenging for some immigrants to obtain green cards.
The Trump administration announced earlier Wednesday it would unveil a new rule that would enable migrant families to be held indefinitely, terminating a procedure known as the Flores Settlement Agreement that orders children to be held no longer than 20 days in detainment.