DONALD Trump reportedly wants to sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship for American-born babies in the United States.
Two sources told The Hill on Friday night that the Trump administration has revived talks in recent weeks, as Joe Biden is set to replace him in the White House come January.
Currently, babies born on US soil are American citizens – regardless of their parents' citizenship status.
President Trump and his administration hope to challenge this in the final weeks – possibly with an executive order, sources told The Hill.
White House press secretary Judd Deere said that Trump aims to keep his "promises" – but would not confirm such talks, The Hill reported.
"Since taking office, President Trump has never shied away from using his lawful executive authority to advance bold policies and fulfill the promises he made to the American people, but I won’t speculate or comment on potential executive action,” Deere said.
In October 2018, Axios first reported that Trump touted ending birthright citizenship with an executive order.
"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits," Trump told Axios.
"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end."
He said it was "in the process" and vowed "it'll happen… with an executive order."
The order would quickly be challenged in court – but one source told The Hill that officials hope to see a ruling on whether birthright citizenship is covered under the 14th Amendment.
Trump first brought up challenging birthright citizenship during his campaign in 2015.
Trump said in an August 2015 interview with Fox News that he does not think people born to undocumented immigrants are citizens, and that he would "test it out in the courts."
A main running point of Trump's first presidential campaign was a crackdown US immigration.
Trump again spoke on possible action in August of last year.
"We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous,” Trump said to reporters outside the White House, according to Reuters.
The reported talks come as Trump has just weeks left before Biden takes over as the next president.
Trump and his campaign have made repeated baseless claims of election fraud.
His team have launched legal battles and demanded recounts in key battleground states that Trump lost.
Most of the lawsuits were thrown out, dropped, or lost.
Election officials have maintained that there is no evidence of voter fraud that would alter the results of the election.
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