Paul Ryan: 'You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order'

Paul Ryan: 'You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order'

In his latest hardline immigration rhetoric, the US President had on Tuesday expressed his intention to take the path of executive order to deny automatic citizenship to children born of non-American parents in the US, saying the birthright citizenship "has to end".

Trump's vow to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on United States soil came in an interview with Axios released Tuesday.

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed 150 years ago.

The troop numbers have been changing at a dizzying pace, with Trump drawing a hard line on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections. But whether the President follows through on his threat or not, the issue joins a string of actions meant to thrust the matter of immigration into the front of voters' minds as they head to polls next week. However, some have argued there is a need to have a review of this matter in view of the rise in the number of illegal immigrants in the USA in recent decades. And the President has warned of an "invasion" of undocumented immigrants if the border isn't sealed with a wall.

Trump, as well as those who support abolishing birthright citizenship, believe that the line "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" means that only parents who are subject to USA jurisdiction (a.k.a. citizens) will pass on birthright citizenship to their children.

The relevant passage from that amendment reads: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside". According to Politifact, there are at least 30 countries that grant birthright citizenship, among them Canada, Brazil and Argentina. "And it has to end", he continued.

Old footage of former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) shows that some of the strong voices in the Democratic Party agree with President Donald Trump on his proposal to abolish birthright citizenship.

Ryan's initial reaction to Trump's proposal was, "You obviously can not do that".




Trump's legally questionable call to revoke birthright citizenship through a unilateral executive order has drawn opposition from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. - prompting a presidential rebuke Wednesday, delivered via Twitter - as well as rejections from House Republicans in competitive reelection contests, such as Reps.

A longtime proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, Graham would likely want to tie any effort to end birthright citizenship to major changes in immigration policy that could benefit illegal immigrants already living in-country, perhaps with a proposed "path to citizenship", or a long-term partial amnesty agreement.

The step would immediately be challenged in court. "Guess what? You don't", Trump said in an interview with Axios.

A press release from Reid's office issued a day after the speech stated that the bill "clarifies that a person born in the United States to an alien mother who is not a lawful resident is not a USA citizen", reported the left-leaning website Politifact.

"We don't do stunts", Mattis said Wednesday.

"This policy is a magnet for illegal immigration, out of the mainstream of the developed world, and needs to come to an end", he said. "This is again, where a President's words matter". Illegal immigrants, by their nature, break the law as their very first act in the United States.

The White House did not provide additional details of the planned executive order on Tuesday morning. "I believe that you can have a simple vote in Congress or it's even possible - in my opinion, this is after meeting with some very talented legal scholars - that you can do it through an executive order", said the US President.

Asked about the legality of such an executive order, Trump said, "They're saying I can do it just with an executive order".

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