End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies

Pentagon preparing for multiple scenarios as troops deployed to US  Mexico border

Pentagon preparing for multiple scenarios as troops deployed to US Mexico border

One week before the U.S. midterm elections, President Donald Trump took another hawkish line on immigration by appealing to his supporters in promising an executive order that would end birthright citizenship which grants anyone born on American soil a U.S. citizenship. The dissenting side of the court, however, argued that the phrase meant not being subject to any foreign power, including that which might result from being claimed as a citizen of another country through inheriting that citizenship from a parent.

"You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order", Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said in an interview with radio station WVLK, the Washington Post reported.

Napolitano, though, said the only way that birthright citizenship can be altered is through a Constitutional amendment.

Reid apologized for the position in 1999 shortly after the powerful left-leaning union AFL-CIO changed its position to support birthright citizenship for all people in the United States. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said the President has the "right to raise that debate" if he wants but "this notion that he can simply violate the Constitution by executive order, let's face it, no serious legal scholar thinks that's real". "But President Trump doesn't understand that, or care to, as he has apparently decided that flippantly threatening to upend the Constitution to exploit anti-immigrant sentiment is good politics", Senator Patrick Leahy said.

Trump and many top aides have long seen the immigration issue as the most effective rallying cry for his base of supporters. "Now, they're saying I can do it just with an executive order".

Ryan shot down Trump's idea to eliminate birthright citizenship through an executive order.

"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby and the person is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits". Keep in mind [former Democratic Senator] Harry Reid actually attempted to pass a law - well, introduced it - about 30 years ago that actually would have deprived children born in the United States of illegal aliens of citizenship. "Unless the Supreme Court intends to overrule precedent that is more than 100 years old, the order will be a nullity", he said. Trump suggested that if former President Barack Obama could execute such an order, he could end birthright citizenship through executive action as well. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words "subject to the jurisdiction thereof".

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Utah Republican Mia Love said in a statement she has "always opposed Presidential attempts to change immigration law unilaterally".

The president said White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal. During the interview, the retiring speaker reiterated that Republicans are in "total agreement" with the president on illegal immigration and border security.

When asked after the debate about ending birthright citizenship, Yoder told reporters that if the US secured its borders adequately, "That's not an issue then".

There is ZERO chance either Gorsuch or Kavanaugh would find that a phone and a pen can abrogate the 14th Amendment. "But the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not - whether the language of the 14th Amendment, 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof, ' applies specifically to the people who are in the country illegally", he said at a Politico event.

Trump added that "many legal scholars agree" with him though he did not name any.

Trump also dismissed suggestions that he was fearmongering with his increasingly aggressive immigration rhetoric, such as hi frequent references to a caravan of migrants heading north, including many destitute families, that is still hundreds of miles south of the US-Mexico border.

The country is facing a massive backlog of immigration cases - some 700,000 - and there are more and more families coming across the border from Central America - groups who can not be simply returned over the border.

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