President Donald Trump: 'Seriously looking' to end US birthright citizenship

Washington: President Donald Trump has threatened to end what he called the "ridiculous" US policy of birthright citizenship, which gives citizenship automatically to those born in America, as he sought ways to check illegal immigration.

"We're looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship. It's frankly ridiculous," Trump said Wednesday outside the White House while responding to a question on the birthright citizenship, which grants automatic citizenship to those born in the US. His comments echoes his administration's previous vow to unilaterally end the process by which babies born in the country automatically become US citizens.

"Birthright citizenship where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby is now a US citizen. We're looking at it very, very seriously," Trump said. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had said that he will end the birthright citizenship.The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees birthright citizenship and states: "All persons born or naturalised in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

- Lalit K Jha

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