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US presidential candidate Trump reports for jury duty in NYC

17 August 2015, 20:37

New York - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking a break from courting voters to go to court as a potential juror.

Trump shook hands and fist-bumped bystanders as he reported for jury duty Monday at a Manhattan court. He arrived in a limousine and walked up the courthouse steps, waving.

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The Republican front-runner said last week he was "looking forward to appearing."

The real estate mogul and reality TV star had been called previously but didn't appear. His campaign said he hadn't received those summonses. Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, said the summonses had been sent to an address where the businessman never lived.

In celebrity-studded New York City, it's not unusual for famous names to be picked to show up in potential jury pools. Among them have been Caroline Kennedy, Woody Allen, Spike Lee and Madonna.

On Sunday, Trump told NBC that he would push to end the constitutionally protected citizenship rights of children of any family living illegally inside the U.S.

"They have to go," Trump said, adding: "What they're doing, they're having a baby. And then all of a sudden, nobody knows the baby's here."

Native-born children of immigrants, even those living illegally in the U.S., have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1868.

Trump's remarks came as his campaign website posted his program for "immigration reform." Among its details: Making Mexico pay for a permanent border wall. Mandatory deportation of all "criminal aliens." Tripling the force of immigration officers by eliminating tax credit payments to immigrant families residing illegally in the U.S.

He said that families with U.S.-born children could return quickly if deemed worthy by the government. "We're going to try and bring them back rapidly, the good ones," he said.

Echoing earlier controversial remarks that Mexico was sending criminals across the border, Trump said a tough deportation policy was needed because "there's definitely evidence" of crimes linked to immigrants living in the country illegally.

He also said he would waste little time rescinding President Barack Obama's executive actions aimed at allowing as many as 3.7 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. to remain in the country because of their U.S.-born relatives. Those rulings face legal challenges.

- AP


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