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U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration is seriously considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship.

Mr Trump made this known to reporters when leaving the White House for the U.S. state of Kentucky.

He said: “We’re looking at that very seriously.

“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.

“It’s, frankly, ridiculous.”

Mr 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.

Read also: Trump accuses Google of ‘very illegal’ action ahead of 2020 U.S. election

Earlier Wednesday, 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.

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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 Mr Trump was sworn in in January 2017.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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