Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, November 20, 2015. 

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(Washington, DC) - United States President Donald Trump said he was preparing an executive order restricting US birthright citizenship. In response, Human Rights Watch US Program Executive Director Nicole Austin-Hillery released the following statement:

“The guarantee of birthright citizenship has been the law of land in the US for 150 years. Floating ideas about restricting it hastily by executive order ahead of midterm elections reeks of political pandering,” said Nicole Austin-Hillery, US program director at Human Rights Watch. “It also threatens to stoke fear and uncertainty, and unravel the lives of countless families overnight.”