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 May 31, 2023

Immigration Reform in Action: Trump's Day-One Executive Order to Curb Illegal Immigration

Former President Donald Trump sent out an email discussing a planned "Day One Executive Order" that would end the citizenship for children of illegal aliens, thereby outlawing birth tourism. 

“As part of my plan to secure the border, on Day One of my new term in office, I will sign an executive order making clear to federal agencies that under the correct interpretation of the law, going forward, the future children of illegal aliens will not receive automatic U.S. citizenship,” Trump said.

“My policy will choke off a major incentive for continued illegal immigration, deter more migrants from coming, and encourage many of the aliens Joe Biden has unlawfully let into our country to go back to their home countries.”

The move aimed at addressing illegal immigration, would shut off a magnet for undocumented migrants. The proposed executive order would clarify the interpretation of the 14th Amendment and put an end to the automatic granting of U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal aliens.

The order will emphasize that citizenship would extend only to those born in and "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. If Trump takes office and enacts the order, the children of illegal aliens will no longer receive automatic citizenship and will be ineligible for passports, Social Security numbers, and certain taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, according to Trump's proposed order.

It will require at least one parent to be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident for their future children to become automatic U.S. citizens. By ending automatic citizenship for the children of illegal aliens, the executive order aims to eliminate a major incentive for illegal immigration.

These changes are part of a larger strategy to fully secure the Southern Border starting on day one of President Trump's potential second term. The executive order is seen as a crucial step in removing incentives for illegal aliens and other foreign nationals to violate U.S. laws and sovereignty.

Constitutional scholars have long argued that the automatic granting of citizenship to children of illegal aliens is based on an incorrect interpretation of the 14th Amendment. The amendment was intended to grant citizenship to individuals newly freed from slavery, not to immigrants or the children of illegal aliens.

The framers of the amendment explicitly stated that persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, or belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers are not "subject to the jurisdiction" of the U.S. Critics of the open-borders approach argue that Biden's immigration policies have created a national security, economic, and humanitarian disaster.

Record numbers of illegal crossings have occurred since Biden took office, with over 6.6 million illegal entries officially reported. However, the actual figures are believed to be much higher. Biden's abolition of Title 42 has further exacerbated the situation, leading to an additional 400,000 illegal entries each month.

This influx of undocumented migrants is straining resources, suppressing wages for American workers, fueling drug trafficking, and posing a threat to national security.

Studies suggest that illegal immigration reduces American workers' wages by billions of dollars annually, with low-wage workers being disproportionately affected. Furthermore, the porous border has resulted in the smuggling of lethal drugs, such as fentanyl, leading to a surge in drug-related deaths among Americans. The number of known or suspected terrorists arrested at the border has also increased significantly under Biden's policies, according to Trump's press release.

The humanitarian impact of Biden's open-border policy cannot be ignored. Migrant deaths have reached a record high, and arrests for human smuggling have risen by 82% since 2014. The situation at the border has become a multifaceted crisis, affecting national security, the economy, and human lives.

As President Trump lays out his plans for a potential second term, immigration policy and border security remain top priorities. The proposed changes seek to address longstanding concerns, aiming to ensure that the federal government adheres to a correct interpretation of the 14th Amendment and takes action to secure the border.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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