New Mexicans weigh in on proposal to end birthright citizenship | KOB 4
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New Mexicans weigh in on proposal to end birthright citizenship

Nathan O'Neal
October 31, 2018 07:12 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- It’s a story heard all across the borderland: Expecting mothers coming to the United States to give birth.

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However, President Trump says he is planning an executive order to eliminate birthright citizenship for babies born in the U.S. to non-citizens.

“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. It’s ridiculous and it has to end,” President Trump told Axios.

In fact, more than 30 countries allow birthright citizenship.

In border communities in New Mexico, it's a key issue.

“When they come over here to have their children, it’s because we are a caring community. We’re not going to throw them out we’re not going to say no to them – and they have their children here and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” said Christina Trejo-Montes, who lives in Deming, New Mexico.

KOB 4 spoke with several people in Deming Tuesday, some of whom did not think President Trump’s proposal was necessarily a bad one. None of those individuals wanted to speak on camera; however, many of them believe something has to be done.

KOB 4 contacted several hospitals in New Mexico. Representatives for those hospitals said they don’t track the number of babies born to non-citizens.

However, the latest estimates from the Pew Research Center indicate a dramatic drop in the number of babies born to non-citizens nationwide, from 330,000 babies in 2009 to 275,000 babies in 2014.

While President Trump promises to test his presidential power, many legal experts say his plan could end up in a Supreme Court showdown.

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