Paul Ryan Rejects Trump's Claim He Can End Birthright Citizenship


Trump said in an interview with Axios that he would be using an executive order to end birthright citizenship, though such an action is legally dubious - if not outright unconstitutional.

The president says he's been advised by constitutional experts that he can make the change to what's known as birthright citizenship through an executive order. The right was written into the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1868 after the Supreme Court had ruled that people of African descent, whether enslaved or free, could not be American citizens.

Opponents of birthright citizenship have branded babies born in the U.S. to non-citizens or illegal immigrants "anchor babies" and have criticized what they call "chain migration", a practice which allows those children who receive citizenship by birthright to later sponsor their non-citizen parents for citizenship.

Wong is an immigrant herself and her law firm takes on about 30 new cases every day.

This is a principal adopted by many countries around the world and is held within the U.S. constitution, which forms the basis of the entire government.

This is part of the anti-immigrant fervor that Trump is whipping up against Democrats in the midterm election.

But Trump, in a preview of an televised interview with Axios, claimed, "now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order".

The president says he has discussed ending birthright citizenship with White House officials and has been told a constitutional amendment is not necessary. Number one. Number two, you can definitely do it with an act of Congress.

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Trump campaigned on lowering immigration, and wants to target what he called "anchor babies", or children born to unauthorized immigrants who help the parents establish citizenship.

Sarah Turberville directs The Constitution Project at the Project on Government Oversight and says Trump is "not a king" and "can't announce what the law is".

The not the only country granting birthright citizenship. "It's in the process it will happen, with an executive order that's what you're talking about".

Does President Trump have the power to strike down birthright citizenship, which is backed up by the 14th Amendment, with the stroke of his pen?

Abel Reyes and his girlfriend Maira each have two children who were born in the United States to non-citizen parents.

Senator Lindsay Graham said that he intends to introduce a legislation in the Senate to bring a constitutional amendment in this regard.

The problem with this interpretation is that it's relatively new, and runs contrary to the way the 14th amendment has been enforced since ratified in the 19th century.