Trump plans to end birthright citizenship; would impact nearly 13% of Yakima population
YAKIMA, Wash.- It's an issue that many locals are calling one of the most dramatic moves the president has made yet.
President Trump says he plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right for babies to have citizenship if they're born here, if their parents aren't here legally.
"The baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It's ridiculous, it's ridiculous and it has to end. It's in the process it'll happen," said Trump.
The 14th Amendment states all people born in the United States are U.S. citizens.
Trump took to Twitter arguing not all babies are covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words "Subject to the Jurisdiction thereof" within the amendment, and says many legal scholars agree.
Several locals Action News spoke with Wednesday strongly disagree with the president's position, arguing this country wouldn't be what it is today without immigrants.
"That's what we are built on. On the backs of immigrants. Everything that's been constructed from top to bottom is been immigrants," said Francisco Meza.
It's leaving many who would be affected scared they soon might not have a place to call their home. Like Vanessa Cuevas whose parents were born in Mexico and came to Yakima when they had her. She says Trump won't be happy until every immigrant is out of the country.
"I think that was Trump's main goal of being president, was to ban all of the Mexicans. I think if you are born in the U.S. then you should be documented at a U.S. citizen," said Cuevas.
Several people took to Facebook standing up for Trump's take on birthright citizenship, agreeing that not everyone should have the right to be a born citizen.
One user saying they're "Absolutely I'm glad it's being talked about." Another posting, "It should have been done a long time ago."
According to EWU Analyist, nearly 13 percent of people here in Yakima are not U.S. citizens, so this change would affect a percent of the babies who live here.
If Trump does follow through with an executive order, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he would challenge it and sue Trump.