Can Donald Trump Really Kick Out Millions of American Citizens?
byEricka SouterAug 19, 2015
Whether Democrat or Republican, one fact holds true: Donald
Trump's comments on the campaign trail are pretty shocking. It started with the speech
announcing his campaign for presidential office. The real estate mogul memorably said that
immigrants from Mexico "have lots of problems" and they were "bringing those
problems to us. … They're bringing drugs; they're bringing
crime; they're rapists." Though he added, "Some, I assume, are good
people," his words essentially condemned an entire ethnic group.
He also made headlines after a
particularly sexist comment about Fox News anchor and GOP debate moderator Megyn
Kelly. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," Trump told
CNN's Don Lemon. "Blood coming out of her wherever." The public largely believed he was referring to Kelly's period, though Trump denied it.
Despite the bad press, Trump isn't reining it in. The
latest? He wants to end birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
That means even though they were born here, these kids could be deported, along
with their parents. "They're
illegal," he said. "You either have a country or not." [sic]
Essentially, Trump is trying to abolish the 14th Amendment, which has given native-born children of immigrants citizenship since
1868. Now, the question on so many minds is, can he actually
change the U.S. Constitution? According to some scholars, it's may be possible. Legal analysts Ken Klukowski notes that the
Amendment language grants citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in
the United States" and they are not "subject to any foreign power." This could actually mean that they authors intended to require both that you be born here and
that your parents be citizens too. Still, others say a constitutional amendment
is a complicated, lengthy process and highly unlikely.