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Trump ‘very seriously’ looking at ending birthright citizenship

Posted: 5:18 PM, Aug 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-21 17:18:37-04

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s looking “very seriously” at ending the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil.

Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday as he departed the White House for a speech in Louisville.

He says birthright citizenship is “frankly ridiculous.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has claimed he’d do away with it — he also 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.