Which countries have birthright citizenship?

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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President Trump says he will sign an executive order that will take away the citizenship now granted to babies born in this country to parents who are illegal immigrants. Here's a look at which countries also have birthright citizenship.

WASHINGTON (KGO) -- There's word of a possible new executive order involving children. In an interview with "Axios on HBO," President Donald Trump says he's considering ending birthright citizenship. The U.S. would not be the first in the world to do so. Right now, 30 countries have birthright citizenship. And all but Fiji are in the Western Hemisphere.

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Ireland ended it in 2005 and France in 1993.

Birthright citizenship is a constitutional right. The 14th Amendment states that babies born on U.S. soil are citizens, despite the immigration status of their parents.

The president now says he can end all of that with an executive order.

But the legal groups say the constitution can only be changed through a constitutional convention, ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures, or a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress, Then, three-fourths of the states affirming the proposed amendment.

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In a statement, The ACLU called the president's proposal a "blatantly unconstitutional attempt to sow division and fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms."

Here's a list of the 30 countries that offer birthright citizenship:

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Barbados

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Cuba

Dominica

Ecuador

El Salvador

Fiji

Grenada

Guatemala

Guyana

Honduras

Jamaica

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

United States

Uruguay

Venezuela

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