Fox News host Steve Hilton argued on Tuesday that babies born in the U.S. do not have a “right” to citizenship even though the nation’s Constitution clearly states that they do.
During a segment on Fox Business, host Stuart Varney asked Hilton if President Donald Trump has the power to rescind birthright citizenship with an executive order as he recently suggested in an interview with Axios.
Hilton argued that Trump made a “smart move” by floating the idea because “the Democrats are weak” on immigration.
“U.S. citizenship is a privilege, it is not a right,” Hilton said. “It’s something that you should have to earn. I’m working towards that. I’m hoping to start the process next year actually… And to me, that’s something that’s so precious and shouldn’t just be handed out simply by being here.”
“I think the constitutionality of it is something that lawyers will argue about,” he continued. “I’ve seen both sides make the case just today that the way the Constitution is written was not intended to cover people who are just here for a short period of time.”
According to Hilton, the Constitution “is supposed to cover citizens or lawful residents who have been here longer than that.”
“It shouldn’t be handed out lightly,” he concluded.
The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “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.”
Watch the video below from Fox Business.