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Forget the Constitution: President Trump Wants to Abolish 14th Amendment

Michael Markoch

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WASHINGTON D.C- President Donald Trump is set to make a major immigration decision.  He is talking about signing an executive order that prohibits citizenship from children who are born with Non-American parents in the United States.  The first thing to look at surrounding this situation is what is 14th amendment and why is President Trump doing this?

The 14th Amendment was originally written to protect the lives of the slaves.  It stated that they received U.S. Citizenship because they were born here and that it can never be taken away.  In an interview with Axios, Trump blasted the amendment calling it “ridiculous” and “insane.”

Later, at a Trump Rally in Missouri, Trump challenged the amendment again.

“Hundreds of thousands of children born to illegal immigrants are made automatic citizens of the United States every year because of this crazy, lunatic policy that we can end.”

Now, how is President Trump supposed to abolish the amendment?  He is planning on making an executive order that takes away birthright citizenship.

However, many people including legal justices have bashed Trump, saying it would be “unconstitutional” to change the amendment at all let alone get rid of it.

Possibly Trump’s biggest enemy in all of this is the Constitution itself.  It is explicitly stated in the Second Clause, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”  There is also a clause that protects citizens from having their rights taken away, which is exactly what President Trump is attempting to do.

While there is no timeline for when Trump will be making this monumental decision, he already faces many challenges for after he approves it.

Most believe it will never be approved and will be sent back to him within a day.  Others say this was a marketing bluff ahead of the Midterm Elections in an attempt to keep more Republicans in power and that he will never actually pass it.

Trump will have to work around the Constitution in order to do this, and it could make or break his term in office.  However and whenever this happens, though, it will leave a lasting effect on this nation, whether he abolishes the amendment or not.

 

Works Cited

 

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/11/02/trump-birthright-constitutional-amendment-missouri-rally-vpx.cnn

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/30/trump-birthright-citizenship-executive-order/1816666002/\

https://www.newsweek.com/what-14th-amendment-trump-ending-birthright-citizenship-1193397

 

PC: Trump, Getty Images

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