Paul Ryan shoots down Trump's birthright citizenship plans

Arturo Kim
October 31, 2018

"I support birthright citizenship for individuals that are legally in our country, but illegal immigrants are taking advantage of America's generosity", Vukmir said.

Legal experts strongly doubt the Supreme Court would rule in favor of the president.

According to CNN, he said this in a television interview taped on Monday.

"On illegal immigration, some constitutional scholars believe you can get rid of birthright citizenship without changing the constitution", Mr Trump was asked by the Axios news site. "Guess what? You don't". The host pointed out that this is in dispute.

The US president plans to end the right to citizenship by using an executive order.

"No matter how much he may want to appeal to the alt-right, President Trump can't alter the Constitution through executive order".

The 14th Amendment in the US Constitution provides for "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" to be considered as US citizens.

Conservatives have argued that the 14th Amendment, while addressing the issue of former slaves, was never meant to guarantee citizenship to immigrants entering the country illegally.

In the 1898 ruling United States v. Wong Kim Ark-a US -born son of Chinese parents who was barred by USA authorities from returning to the country after a visit to China-the court affirmed that USA jurisdiction extended to USA -born children of foreign-born parents.

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"Trump has zero authority to amend the Constitution through executive fiat, and he certainly can't do it with a tweet", Matthew Kolken, an immigration attorney in Buffalo, New York, told Business Insider on Tuesday.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution affirms that, with very few exceptions, all persons born in the USA are American citizens, regardless of the immigration status of their parents, said the American Immigration Council.

But Trump told Axios he didn't think he needed to go about ending the practice with a constitutional amendment.

The president said White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made the smallest break from President Donald Trump on Tuesday, rejecting Trump's recent claim that the president has the power to do away with birthright citizenship.

One way to end birthright citizenship, Anton argues, is for Congress to pass legislation to clarify that the children of noncitizens are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, making them noncitizens under the 14th Amendment.

In that interview the president promised he would end the USA law that gives citizenship to anyone who's born within US borders. As for when it might happen, Trump said, "It's in the process".

"During congressional debates, both proponents and opponents of the citizenship clause agreed with this interpretation of the 14th Amendment", he added.

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