Fox News Tweet Just Trolled Donald Trump With a Factcheck of His Claim That the U.S. Is the 'Only Country' That Has Birthright Citizenship

US President Donald Trump attends at an event for American workers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on October 31, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In an interview with Axios for HBO, President Donald Trump stated he plans to remove the right of citizenship by birthright in the United States. That right became part of the Constitution through the 14th Amendment.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments after the Civil War. It essentially granted citizenship to all who had been slaves. It stated:


"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Trump believes he can issue an executive order to eliminate birthright citizenship. As justification for doing so, Trump stated:

"Now how ridiculous, 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."

The President than added:

"It's in the process. It'll happen ... with an executive order."

Watch the interview excerpt here.

But is the President right? Is the United States the only country in the world to offer birthright citizenship?

Fox News decided the fact check Trump's claim. It turned out, the USA is very much not the only country in the world to offer birthright citizenship.

Fox News shared their results on Twitter, stating:

"Countries with Birthright Citizenship:

→ At least 35 countries offer automatic, unconditional citizenship to children born within their borders.

→ Canada and the US are examples of two countries with large, advanced economies that grant automatic birthright citizenship."

Some people were amazed Fox News had a research department to check facts.

While some followers of Fox News discounted the research findings.

But were quickly reminded of the point of a fact check.

Others brought up Trump's other claim about an executive order overriding the Constitution.

Fox News Research offered an answer for that as well.

Whether Trump decides to go ahead with his attempt to override the Constitution with an executive order remains to be seen.

C-SPAN

Late last year, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two articles:

  • Abuse of Power
  • Obstruction of Congress

Trump's allies have railed against both articles, but the obstruction of Congress charge has come under particular focus.

During its initial investigation, the House committees overseeing impeachment requested documents and witnesses from the White House, the State Department, and the Office of Management and Budget that would help get to the bottom of just what the deal was with Ukraine's foreign policy.

When they denied the House's request, the House subpoenaed the departments for the evidence. Claiming executive privilege, their subpoenas went ignored.

Keep reading...
CNN // David Corio/Redferns via Getty Images

House Impeachment Managers and President Donald Trump's defense team debated the rules for the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate. The proceedings lasted for 13 hours and went on until around 2 o'clock in the morning.

Hours into the debate, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) responded to a rhetorical question from Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, who had asked "Why are we here?"

It led to a mic drop moment for Jeffries.

Keep reading...
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

This past December, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing where it heard from constitutional scholars and legal experts as to whether President Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to open politically beneficial investigations warranted impeachment.

House Democrats brought forth three witnesses who argued in favor of impeachment, and House Republicans brought one: George Washington University's public interest law chair, Jonathan Turley.

Keep reading...
PBS News Hour/YouTube

The White House Counsel is a staff appointee of the President and Vice President of the United States. Their role is to advise the President on all legal issues concerning the President and their administration.

Pat Cipollone has served as the current White House Counsel for President Donald Trump since December 2018.

Keep reading...
SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

In the current political landscape of the United States, you'd be hard-pressed to find any issue that Americans on which both sides of the ideological spectrum agree.

But it turns out that even on an issue as divisive as the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Republicans and Democrats agree on something.

Keep reading...
ABC News

President Donald Trump's impeachment trial began in earnest in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after House impeachment manager, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), laid out the evidence against the President unveiled by House Democrats, one of Trump's defense attorneys—Jay Sekulow—asked a question in his rebuttal.

Keep reading...