President Donald Trump is reportedly considering an executive order ending birthright citizenship in his final weeks in office.
The drafts of the executive order seeking to end the right have been circulating for some time, and there are now talks of finalizing it before Trump steps down in January.
The 14th amendment in part states, “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.”
While the current administration is aware that the order would be challenged in court, they continue to hope to get ruling on whether birthright citizenship is indeed protected under the 14th Amendment.
“Since taking office, President Trump has never shied away from using his lawful executive authority to advance bold policies and fulfill the promises he made to the American people, but I won’t speculate or comment on potential executive action,” said White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere in a statement.
Trump first proposed to end the right during his 2016 presidential campaign, and revived the idea during an Axios interview in 2018.
He reiterated this in 2019 when he claimed that his administration was “very seriously” considering a measure to end birthright citizenship.
In January, the administration issued an order to restrict visa applications for women suspected to be travelling to the country with the intention of giving birth.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has also reportedly instructed aides to come up with possible policy priorities to push through following Election Day.
Some of the identified orders in the works include additional reforms to the H-1B visa program, regulatory reforms and measures targeting China.
The president also announced two major actions targeting to lower the price of prescription drugs.
Birthright citizenship is currently observed in more than 30 countries, mostly in the Western Hemisphere.