Trump does not have the power to overturn the 14th amendment

Trump does not have the powe
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel industry at the White House March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump announced planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum during the meeting, with details to be released at a later date. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The 14th amendment states, “ all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction, thereof are citizens of the United States and of the States wherein they reside.” This means that anyone who is born in America is an American citizen. President Trump would like to change that. In an interview with Axios on HBO, Trump said, “How ridiculous, 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 then stated that he was looking to sign an executive order that would void birthright citizenship in the US. There is just one issue with his plan: an amendment cannot be voided by an executive order.

A president does not have the power to go against the constitution. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, “The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.” From there, the proposal to amend a constitution is set to the states. If three fourth of the states vote to amend the constitution, then the constitution is then voided.

An amendment process cannot be started or controlled by a president. They must abide by it throughout their term unless Congress starts the process to overturn it. Thus Donald Trump does not have the power to overturn an amendment with an executive order. This does not mean that Trump does not have the power to make immigration to America more limited. He still has powers that his position as the president grants him. However, he cannot void the 14th amendment with that power.

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