In an interview with Axios released on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 30, President Trump indicated plans to sign an executive order revoking birthright citizenship—returning to a proposal he floated early in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
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Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn had his work cut out for him as legal adviser to this particular president, and his successor, Pat A. Cipollone, cannot expect an easier time. Among the looming challenges: whatever comes of special counsel Mueller’s investigation and, if the Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives, the potential institution of impeachment proceedings.
The hottest flash point at the moment in this summer’s immigration debate is birthright citizenship. Should children born in this country to non-citizen parents be nevertheless entitled to citizenship? As President, Donald Trump has promised to end this feature of the immigration laws as a hallmark of his anti-immigration policy. Most of the Republican primary candidates have fallen in line behind him.