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Trump again claims he can abolish birthright citizenship – but legal precedent isn't on his side

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was looking “very seriously” at ending the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil.

Trump again claims he can abolish birthright citizenship – but legal precedent isn't on his side

Trump again claims he can abolish birthright citizenship – but legal precedent isn't on his side

STEPANAKERT, AUGUST 22,  ARTSAKHPRESSTrump spoke to reporters as he departed the White House for a speech in Louisville, Kentucky. He said birthright citizenship was “frankly ridiculous”, according to Time.

“We’re looking at it very, very seriously,” the US president said.

This isn’t the first time Trump has claimed he’d do away with it — he said something similar in October.

But the citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a longshot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, regardless of a parent’s immigration status.


     

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