President Trump blasts Paul Ryan over birthright citizenship comment

Aaron Brown
November 1, 2018

Birthright citizenship is the current law in the United States that grants citizenship to any person who is born in the United States, regardless of the citizenship status of the parents. Tent cities would not resolve the massive USA backlog of asylum seekers.

And Mr Ryan was not the only Republican to shy away from changing the constitution.

Some of Trump's previous immigration executive orders, including an attempt to bar entry to citizens from some Muslim-majority countries, came under legal scrutiny after a chaotic drafting process.

However, federal appellate Judge James C. Ho, appointed to the Circuit Court bench by Trump last year, strongly disagreed with that interpretation seven years ago.

Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, has weighed in as well-telling the New York Times, "The president can not erase the Constitution with an executive order, and the 14th Amendment's citizenship guarantee is clear".

"It would mean the children of illegal aliens, even if born in the United States, would not be bestowed USA citizenship upon birth", it said.

But here's what the 14th Amendment says on the subject of birthright citizenship: "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".

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Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in NY, said the Constitution is very clear.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump vowed to push forward with his call to end birthright citizenship, despite a backlash from legal scholars and some prominent members of his own party against his pledge a day earlier to take executive action on the matter.

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. "Eliminating birthright citizenship would do nothing to solve our immigration issues", said Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council. We all cherish the language of the 14th Amendment.

The president said White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal. The person was not authorized to discuss the policy debate so spoke on condition of anonymity. "Guess what? You don't", Trump continued, claiming an executive order would be sufficient to change the policy. Right now, some asylum seekers, particularly families, are being released as their cases progress because there isn't enough detention space to house them.

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

Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly hammered on the need for additional troops to tighten border security, and has made political capital on the approach of a caravan of Central American migrants towards the US-Mexico border. But experts question the legality and practicality of what would amount to indefinite detention. "We - House Republicans and this President - are in total agreement on the need to stop illegal immigration, to secure our border and fix our laws".

But some supporters in Congress are rushing to cheer Trump on. "I'm concerned about any president trying to rewrite the constitution by themselves", King said.

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