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Trump Says He Will End Automatic Citizenship For Children of Illegal Aliens

The former president says “birth tourism” gives criminals a “major incentive” to enter the United States.

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA — In a new video released today, former President Trump said he would sign an executive order on “day one” to end automatic citizenship for children of illegal aliens.


In one of Trump’s first major policy announcements, the former president said he would issue the order to instruct federal agents on the “correct interpretation of the law.”

“As part of my plan to secure the border, on day one of my new term in office I will sign an executive order making clear to federal agencies that under the correct interpretation of the law going forward the future children of illegal aliens will not receive automatic U.S. citizenship.”

Trump said the policy gives criminals a “major incentive” to enter the United States.

“Even though these millions of illegal border crossers have entered the country unlawfully, all of their future children will become automatic U.S. citizens,” Trump said. “Can you imagine? This policy is a reward for breaking the laws of the United States.”


The executive order would target “birth tourism,” where a pregnant illegal immigrant journeys to the U.S. during her final weeks of pregnancy in hopes of having an “anchor baby” that is immediately granted U.S. citizenship.

Under his plan, Trump said “at least one parent will have to be a citizen or a legal resident for them to qualify” for citizenship.


But the super PAC Never Back Down, which supports DeSantis for the Republican presidential nominee, says Trump’s “day one” would actually be day 3,445 – the amount of time between when Trump first promised to do this in 2015 and Inauguration Day 2025.

“If only Trump had followed through when he first talked about doing this in 2015. Or 2018. Or 2019 when he was ‘very serious.’ Or 2020,” the PAC wrote in a statement. “Trump had 4 years as president to write this executive order. Why didn’t he?"