Trump is trying hard to prevent immigrants from entering the U.S. and now he’s making a seemingly unlawful promise to end birthright citizenship. Trump’s hardline approach to immigration comes just days before the Nov. 6 mid-term elections where Democrats challenging Republicans in several close races across the country.
Trump is making immigration a key campaign issue by promising his base that he will end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the United States.
There’s already a question of whether Trump’s vow is actually legal.
“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said in an interview for “Axios on HBO.”
“It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end,” Trump said.
Trump’s tough vow comes as the administration has ordered the deployment of 5,200 troops to protect the U.S. southern border from a “caravan” of about 4,000 immigrants traveling through Mexico to reach the U.S.
Trump says that “unknown Middle Easterners” are part of the caravan and heading to the U.S. – another unsupported declaration by Trump.
Here’s how The New York Times put it:
“The unsubstantiated charge marked an escalation of Mr. Trump’s efforts to stoke fears about foreigners and crime ahead of the Nov. 6 vote, as he did to great effect in the presidential race. Mr. Trump and other Republicans are insistently seeking to tie Democrats to unfettered immigration and violent crime, and in some instances this summer and fall they have attacked minority candidates in nakedly racial terms.”
That’s right on point.
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