If he wins the 2024 election, former President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent Nigerians and other nationals from obtaining citizenship for their children who were born in the United States.
Trump declared that on his first day back in office in January 2025, he would issue an executive order denying citizenship to children whose parents are not citizens of the United States or lawful permanent residents.
Despite the fact that their parents may not be citizens or be lawfully present in the nation, children born on American soil are automatically granted citizenship under a decades-old reading of the Constitution.
In the past, the program had drawn criticism, with critics basing their case on the encouragement it gives to parents to enter the country illegally.
Recall while was in the White House, he repeatedly floated the idea of challenging the interpretation, but never took action.
In his announcement Tuesday, Trump portrayed the move as part of a broader crackdown on unauthorized immigrants and asylum-seekers that he has promised if he returns to the White House.
He has also vowed to launch the largest immigration roundup and deportation operation in U.S. history.
“My policy will choke off a major incentive for continued illegal immigration, deter more migrants from coming and encourage many of the aliens Joe Biden has unlawfully let into our country to go back to their home countries. They must go back,” Trump said in a video message on Tuesday.