Sound Off Delaware: Birthright citizenship

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President Donald Trump declared this week that he wants to order an end to the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to non-citizens. An executive order would spark an uphill legal battle for Trump about whether the president has the unilateral ability to declare that children born in the U.S. to those living here illegally aren’t citizens.

• Go Mr President! This birthright citizenship has long outlived its intended purpose. — Philip L. Puschel

• They were born here. They are citizens. — Josie Holland St. John

• Uphill? It would be a constitutional and original intent of the amendment. How would that be uphill? It was never intended to give citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. The 14th Amendment does not apply to foreigners. — Scott Berry

• Remember when they accused Obama of acting like a king? — Michael McGaughey

• I remember when Obama would go around Congress and throw executive orders around like emperor fiats. In this case though Trump is actually trying to use the 14th Amendment as its was originally supposed to be used. In other words he’s actually trying to uphold the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Study up and educate yourself. The 14th Amendment was never supposed to be used for noncitizens. Its original intent was to protect newly freed slaves. — Shawn Knox

• Is it just me or am I starting to hear echoes of the left’s argument about changing the 2nd Amendment in the argument for altering the 14th Amendment? The legislators who wrote the amendment were focused on making sure that the children of slaves were guaranteed citizenship, and they had no idea of what would be happening 100 years later (unintended consequences). Bottom line, the provisions of the 14th Amendment cannot be repealed by executive order. They can only be repealed by another amendment (which requires two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress and three-fourths of the states (38) must ratify it) — Brian P. Slattery

• This should’ve been addressed decades ago. — Micki Dash Leventry

• He can’t do that without Congress! It has to be an amendment to the constitution! — Dawn Kifer

• Yet somehow Obama signed an executive order for DACA. He didn’t have the authority to do that. — Mark Schmalhofer

• The right is all about protecting the Constitution when it serves their agenda only. — Mike Johnson

• Trump cannot override the Constitution with an executive order. It shows he understands neither the Constitution nor the law. Two years into the presidency he knows little about the government and cares even less. — Rob Roth

• The jurisdiction of The United States of America says there are specific ways to enter, otherwise it is illegal. The law is very clear that no one can profit or improve their lives by an illegal act. i.e. – baby, not a citizen. — Diane Butters-Eastburn

• Good. Ron Paul tried to get this passed years ago and I supported that then, support it now. — Sam Fish

• My only concern is if one amendment can be changed, what one will be changed next by an executive order? — Mary E. Yoder

Deport us all. Then the Native Americans can have their land back. We all are descendants of illegal immigration. Don’t know about the rest of you but I can go home where my family came from and be OK. I know my heritage well. So if this was to ever happen(it won’t) I hope all the right is ready for the consequences. — Doug Hall

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