In an interview for Axios on HBO yesterday, President Trump said he plans to end birthright citizenship for people whose parents are not citizens. For USC student Nicole Park, those words were hard to hear.
“It can start to feel very discriminatory and it’s just not how I wanted the president of the United States to be,” Park said.
Park’s parents are non-citizens from Korea, but she is a US citizen because she was born here. Park said her parents didn’t tell her they weren’t citizens because they did not want to worry her.
“It’s always scary. Especially with Trump’s presidency, it just got even scarier, as to what could have happened to them especially when they go back to a country that they haven’t been in for over 20 years,” Park said.
According to Jean Reisz, the co-director of the USC Immigration Clinic, the presidentʻs statement could become action.
"It's feasible, as has been the case since this administration was inaugurated, we have seen unprecedented actions in the world of immigration law," Reisz said.
However, Reisz said the presidentʻs plan to remove birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens will not happen easily.
"If there were to be an executive order that comes down it would be challenged, we'll probably see an injunction," Reisz said.
Yet, that may be too little consolation for people like Park.
“It doesn’t feel acceptable to me,” Park said. “I just hope that, no matter what, someday we’ll just get out of this.”
Under the fourteenth amendment, anyone born in the US is a citizen, regardless of where their parents come from.