Can Trump End Birthright Citizenship with an Executive Order?


Jed Shugerman was quoted in a Roughly Explained article about President Trump’s statement that he can end birthright citizenship, a key part of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, through an executive order.

“When the 14th Amendment included the phrase ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof,’ the framers and the public clearly understood that they were setting aside the children of foreign diplomats,” Jed Shugerman, a law professor at Fordham University said. “Other visitors to the United States were and continue to be plainly under the jurisdiction of US law. Why else can they be detained and convicted in US courts for violating US law, unlike diplomats?”

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