Trump Can’t Just Change the Constitution

November 5, 2018 GMT

To further his anti-immigrant agenda, President Trump now wants to do away with the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which basically says any child born on American soil is a citizen of the United States.

Trump’s biggest objection is that illegal aliens having children born here have all the rights and privileges due any citizen. Many people would agree with him.

However, in a Supreme Court case U.S. v. Wong Kim Ack, the subject was pretty much settled. And it agrees with what has been the policy for over 150 years and that is children born on U.S. soil are citizens of the U.S.

What is troubling is that Trump thinks he can eliminate the 14th Amendment by one of his executive orders. If it was that easy, what would prevent him, or any other president, from doing away with any portion of the U.S. Constitution they don’t like or they disagree with?

In order for an amendment to the Constitution to be changed, a proposed amendment would have to pass a two-thirds majority in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Then it would have to be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

I don’t think we have to worry about the U.S. Constitution being changed anytime soon.

Karen Buckley