President Donald Trump said in an interview published Tuesday that he intends to sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship for the children of many immigrants to the U.S.
Trump, in an interview with Axios, part of which aired Tuesday morning, said birthright citizenship “has to end” and that it would, “with an executive order.”
"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. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end."
"It's in the process. It'll happen with an executive order,” he said, adding that he's consulted with the White House counsel on the matter.
Under the Fourteenth Amendment, citizenship is awarded to children born in the U.S., or in U.S. territories, to parents of immigrants to the country.
Trump made the comments to “Axios on HBO.” Clips of the interview were released Tuesday morning, but the entire interview will air Sunday night.
"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said. "You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had called for ending “birthright citizenship," but had so far not taken action as president.
But in recent weeks, with the midterm elections nearing, Trump has renewed his drive to end migrants coming across the border, tweeting often on the topic and vowing to take drastic actions.
In one such step, the Pentagon announced Monday it will deploy 5,200 additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the week to stop thousands of migrants and refugees in a caravan from entering the country.