The Young Turks Ask Whether Trump’s Children Will Lose U.S. Citizenship With His Executive Order: ‘Send ’em Back’


The Young Turks trolled Donald Trump on Tuesday night by saying the president’s family will be personally affected if he tries to use an executive order to roll back 14th Amendment birthright citizenship.

As Cenk Uygur ran through the news from Trump’s interview with Axios, he questioned whether Melania Trump was a U.S. citizen by the time she gave birth to the president’s youngest son, Barron. Eventually, Uygur focused on Ivana Trump, the president’s first wife and mother of most of his children, and asked when did she become a U.S. citizen.

Ivana Trump became a naturalized citizen in 1988 after giving birth to Donald Trump Jr. in 1977, Ivanka Trump in 1981, and Eric Trump in 1984. Since the Trump children weren’t born when their mom was a citizen, Uygur wondered if Trump intends on applying the same standards of his proposed executive order to his own kids.

“Send ’em back,” Uygur said sarcastically. “I dunno. Lock ’em up first, probably, then send ’em back.”

John Iadarola and Aida Rodriguez got in the mix eventually as the panel opened up, though Uygur maintained the lead on the conversation, saying it remains in question whether Trump’s order would apply to the children of undocumented parents or the children of all non-citizens.

It’s not clear if Trump’s executive order would address birthright citizenship of children born from parents who are both undocumented, or if one parent being an American citizen would allow full citizenship. What is clear is that even Republican allies have pushed back on the recent announcement.

Watch above, via The Young Turks.

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