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US-born babies of visitors may not get citizenship

October 31, 2018 06:09 AM


US-born babies of visitors may not get citizenship


US President Donald Trump plans to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorised immigrants born on US soil in what is arguably the most far-reaching move to staunch the growth of the immigrant population in the United States.

Under current laws, anyone born in the US, including children of non-citizens, and illegal immigrants, automatically qualify to become an American citizen. But Trump will have none of it; he wants to end the so-called “anchor babies” and “chain migration”.

“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 with “Axios on HBO”.

“It’s ridiculous. And it has to end,” the president continued. Thousands of children of Indian parents, including those born to guest worker visa and visitor visa holders, automatically become US citizens each year. Under current laws, any baby born in the United States of America, regardless of the residential status of the newborn’s parents, is considered to be a citizen of the United States by birth and entitled to all the rights available to any US citizen. Once the baby is born, an American birth certificate will be issued.

In fact, some foreigners plan their travel in a way that they give birth in the US. There has long been speculation that immigration hardliners want to can this route, but policy experts have said it will run into congressional opposition and it might not withstand legal challenges.


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