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US Birthright Citizenship: Trump dash hopes of celebrities, other Nigerians that travels abroad to give birth
Most privileged people from countries all over the world sometimes like to deliver their children in developed countries such as America so that they can become citizens and be afforded opportunities that come with it.
Several Nigerian entertainers have also been known to give birth to their children abroad for this reason. Some celebrities such as Tiwa Savage, Linda Ikeji, Tonto Dikeh, Lilian Esoro, Lami Phillips, Bimbo Thomas, Amanda Ebeye, to name a few all gave birth to their kids in America.
However, the numbers of people who go to America to give birth might soon reduce drastically owing to the fact that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, has vowed to stop citizenship being granted to children of immigrants born in the country.
Donald Trump plans to revoke the birthright citizenship which allows children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants born in the US to become automatic citizens.
The US President referred to the law as “ridiculous” during an interview for Axios on HBO and said he wants to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship.
Trump has always criticized the so-called “anchor babies” and now that he is president, he plans to do something about it.
“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… with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
The 14th Amendment of the Constitution, written in 1868, 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.
Trump says he can change the law without amending the Constitution and can do so with an executive order. A preview of the documentary, which airs on Sunday, shows him saying:
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.
You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.
“It’s in the process. It’ll happen… with an executive order.
Former US Citizenship and Immigration Services chief counsel Lynden Melmed told Axios that very few experts believe the President has the power to change birthright citizenship.
Some scholars have claimed that the 14th Amendment was never intended to give illegal immigrants’ children citizenship and has been misapplied for decades, Daily Mail reports. Therefore, they say, Trump could change the application with an executive order to give birthright citizenship only to children born of legal permanent residents.
Michael Anton, a former national security official for Trump, wrote in the Washington Post that an executive order could “specify to federal agencies that the children of non-citizens are not citizens”.
But others, such as Judge James Ho, who was appointed by Trump to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, insist that changing how the 14th Amendment is applied would be “unconstitutional.”