Last week, President Trump discussed the possibility of preparing an executive order that could get rid of birthright citizenship in the United States for babies born to non-citizens. This would take away the citizenship of millions of individuals born in the U.S. from families who immigrated to this country.
Ele Klick, a sophomore screenwriting major, said, “Trump is making a terrible decision that will impact the lives of millions. [Trump] is violating [constitutional] rights, and that should not be tolerated.”
The 14th amendment 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.” Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said he supports the 14th amendment and changing birthright citizenship would be a “very lengthy constitutional process.”
Camila De Pierola, a junior psychology major and RESILIENCE president, gave her input on Trump’s proposal. “I think Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship is completely ridiculous [and] that no one in the United States can claim to be a citizen by blood except for the Native Americans,” De Pierola stated. “Trump’s agenda to suddenly limit American citizenship to those currently in the U.S. is strictly based on his push for an ethnic cleansing of the U.S.”
During an interview with Axios, Trump claimed that “[The U.S.] is 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.”
However, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, “30 of the world’s 194 countries grant automatic citizenship to children born to illegal aliens,” which includes both Canada and the U.S.
If Trump moves forward with this executive order, it could impact the lives of millions of U.S. citizens today, as approximately “300,000 to 400,000 children are born to illegal immigrants in the United States” every year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
Andy Perez, a sophomore civil engineering major and the finance chair for MEChA de LMU, said, “I don’t approve [of the executive order] because if it is approved, I would no longer be a U.S. citizen.”
If the executive order gets approved, the lives of students on the Bluff could be heavily impacted as those who were born with rights of citizenship will have them revoked.
Trump and his officials, such as Michael Anton, have said the courts have never discussed birthright citizenship in relationship to children of immigrants. While judges such as, James C. Ho, appointed by Trump, said the U.S. has an obligation to follow all laws and apply laws to foreign visitors.
“The fact that anyone of color, [specifically] Latinos that were born in the U.S., are continuously harassed and questioned about their citizenship speaks to Trump’s rhetoric of who is actually viewed as an American citizen,” De Pierola said.