BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — President Trump is promising a controversial immigration order that could stir up his supporters and help win more votes for Republicans. With political tensions already high, it begs the question, could this affect the midterm elections?
“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,” President Trump said in an interview with Axios.
A statement creating controversy worldwide, straight out of the White House. The president said he plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States. But this would go against what is written in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Here in the Cape Fear, people are either with or against the president.
“We need to limit the people that are coming into our country illegally and the fact that they’ve broken into our country illegally and had a baby, that baby should not have rights to be citizens of the United States,” Sherrie White said.
“He’s challenging things which makes sense but challenging constitutional amendments seems way over the top but he does that all the time. It’s surprising but not really,” Mary Ellen Bell said.
Immigration attorney Jeff Widdison says a president can’t just make an executive order whenever he wants to change an amendment. He believes it’s a distraction from the major issues on the ballot for this year’s midterm elections.
“Exercise your right to vote. That’s an amendment, too, in the Constitution, and if you don’t speak up, someone’s going to come along and use an executive order and limit your right to vote, so go out there and exercise your right to vote,” Widdison said.
The process to change the Constitution is outlined in Article V of the document:
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.