President Donald Trump has disclosed his plan to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorised immigrants born in the United States.
Trump, in an interview with Axios, an American news website, said the process to end birthright citizenship by executive order is underway.
Should this plan be executed, thousands of Nigerians and other nationals, who target being granted American citizenship through birth would lose their status.
The US president has been taking an increasingly hard-line stance on immigration.
Trump said in the interview, “It was always told to me you need a constitutional amendment. Guess what, you don’t.
“You can definitely do it with an act of Congress, but now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order. It’s in the process. It’ll happen.
“Now 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. It’s ridiculous, it’s ridiculous and it has to end.”
The 14th amendment to the American constitution allows for “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
In 1898, the US Supreme Court reaffirmed the right of citizenship to children born in the United States soil to legal permanent residents.