US plans to cancel birthright citizenship

US plans to cancel birthright citizenship

President Donald Trump announced his plans to sign an executive order to end the birthright citizenship provision. It is by no means clear that the President has the legal authority to effect such a broad legal change through an executive order.

Birthright Citizenship of US:

♦ A person is a Citizen if they are born in the United States

♦ The concept of jus soli (right of the soil) is derived from the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1868 after the Civil War

♦ The amendment was made in order to grant legal rights to former slaves

♦ It says: “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”

♦ Therefore, the children born in the U.S. to the parents who are on temporary visas or without a valid visa, also become U.S. citizens.