The American president Donald Trump wants to get rid of so-called citizenship by birthright. That principle, which has been in force since 1968, means that children born on American territory automatically acquire American citizenship.
In a meeting with the American news site Axios, the president says that he wants to ensure that children of parents who are illegally in the country and were born on American soil can no longer claim that citizenship by birthright by means of a decree. “We are the only country in the world where, when someone comes in and gets a baby, that baby is a citizen of the United States… with all the benefits that go with it,” says Trump. He calls the principle “ridiculous”.
Contrary to what Trump claims, there are dozens of other countries, such as Canada and Mexico, that provide unlimited birthright citizenship. In the US, birthright citizenship is enshrined in the 14th amendment of the Constitution, which states that “all persons who were born or were nationalized in the United States and under that jurisdiction are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they stay.” According to Axios, the question remains whether Trump, given this fact, will get his way.