birthright citizenship

File photo of President Donald Trump speaking to guests during the Joint Opening Ceremony at the American Veterans 75th National Convention at the Galt House on Aug. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump said Aug. 21 that his administration is seriously considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship.

"We're looking at that very seriously," Trump told reporters when leaving the White House for Kentucky, the Xinhua news agency reported.

"Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land – walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby's now a U.S. citizen," said the president. "It's, frankly, ridiculous."

Trump promised ending the birthright citizenship during his 2016 presidential campaign and once revived the idea last year, according to a report of The Hill.

Earlier Aug. 21, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan unveiled new policies which will allow the government to detain families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border longer than before. If the new rule survives court challenges, the policy change could permit authorities to detain families through the duration of their immigration proceedings.

The U.S. federal government has sought various ways to curb illegal and legal immigration since Trump was sworn in January 2017.

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