Trump says birthright citizenship will be ended

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

Ryan told a Kentucky radio station Tuesday that "you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order", following remarks from the President indicating that Trump believes he can do just that, though many legal scholars disagree.

And this week he is asserting he could act by executive order to unilaterally end birthright citizenship for the children of non-U.S. citizens. "So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other", he wrote on Wednesday.

Trump doubled down on his commitment to upending the 14th Amendment to the riled-up crowd chanting, "USA! But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order". "We will get rid of all of this".

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".

In fact, many legal scholars say the 14th Amendment is clear in conferring citizenship on people born in the United States. "That is a far cry from what President Trump is trying to do".

"One can debate whether or not it is a good policy, but attempting to overturn a Supreme Court ruling by executive order is either ignorant or authoritarian", Mr Rosenzweig said.

President Donald Trump went after House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, saying one of the top Republican leaders in the President's party "knows nothing about" birthright citizenship and "should be focusing on holding the Majority" in the House of Representatives "rather than giving his opinions" on the issue. "Zero chance" he tweeted about the Court's odds to abolish the birthright citizenship.

Trump has long called for an end to birthright citizenship, as have many conservatives. Former White House official Michael Anton argued in The Washington Post last July that the amendment is being misread.

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But attorney George T. Conway, Kellyanne Conway's husband, has parted company with his wife when it comes to birthright citizenship.

Trump did not say when he would sign the order, and some of his past promises to use executive action have gone unfulfilled.

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.

Mr Trump renewed his campaign promise to abolish the citizenship right in an interview with the website Axios, only hours after announcing the dispatch of 5,200 U.S. troops to the border with Mexico.

Ryan said it would involve a "very, very lengthy" constitutional process to change the 14th Amendment, which was adopted in 1868 to protect citizenship rights for freed slaves.

More broadly, Trump's view that USA -born children of foreigners live a lifetime of taking "all those benefits" ignores the taxes they pay, the work they do and their other contributions to society.

As two caravans of Central American migrants head toward the U.S. -Mexico border, Trump said he is prepared to order up to 10,000 to 15,000 American military troops to assist law enforcement entities to prevent illegal crossings. He also has made pursuing tough state measures against illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign for governor.

He added that the phrase "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" was added to the 14th Amendment to ensure that the child of anyone not subject to American jurisdiction isn't a legal citizen.

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