A statement of the United States President Donald Trump, that the US would soon end the so called “birthright citizenship” has sparked criticism towards him once more. The president, during an interview for “Axios on HBO” said that the US is the only country in the world to grant with citizenship children of foreign nationals, born in the US soil.
The US media, including the Axois itself, rushed to confute the President, pointing out that there are another 29 more countries in the world, who grant babies of foreign parents, born in their soil, with citizenship, including Canada.
However, Trump went ahead to show he was not moving from his stance that “birthright by citizenship” was unfair to Americans.
“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Many legal scholars agree…,” he wrote on Twitter.
Other US politicians reacted to Trump’s statements claiming that he could not end birthright citizenship by an executive order. Amongst them, the House Speaker Paul Ryan believes that it is not in the power of the President to do such thing.
“As a conservative, I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution, and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear,” Ryan said.
On the other hand, other senators have backed Trump’s decision to end the right of citizenship by birth to foreign newborns in the U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham showed his support to “comprehensive immigration reform — and at the same time — the elimination of birthright citizenship.”
However, he also confuted Trump, by asserting that the US was one of the two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth.
“This policy is a magnet for illegal immigration, out of the mainstream of the developed world, and needs to come to an end. In addition, I plan to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from President Trump,” he wrote on twitter.
The complete list of countries that offer birthright citizenship is as following:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United States