Paul Ryan 'Knows Nothing' About 14th Amendment, Trump Says

Trump wants to end birthright citizenship in the U.S.

President Donald Trump passionately reiterated his commitment to ending birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S.to parents who aren't citizens during a Florida rally on Wednesday night.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.

While lawyers disputed that such unilateral action by the president could eliminate a right guaranteed by the United States constitution, some agents reassured potential clients that the policy would at least remain unchanged for a couple of years.

One Republican member of Congress, frequent Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham, said he would move to introduce legislation "along the same lines" as Trump's order. "Guess what? You don't".

"The President can not erase the Constitution with an executive order, and the 14th Amendment's citizenship guarantee is clear", said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. "And it has to end".

The U.S.is among about 30 countries where birthright citizenship - the principle of jus soli or "right of the soil" - is applied, according to the World Atlas and other sources.

His comments come days after he told "Axios on HBO" that he could revoke the policy, a right enshrined in the 14th Amendment, via executive order. An 1898 Supreme Court decision held that the US -born son of legal Chinese immigrants was a citizen under the 14th Amendment; a footnote in a 1982 decision suggests there should be no difference for children of foreign-born parents whether they are in the USA legally or illegally. It was created to grant U.S. citizenship to the sons and daughters of the black population that was brought in during slavery. And when he did differ with Trump, it was on the point of process, not explicitly coming down one way or the other whether birthright citizenship ought to be altered in the first place. That has driven an outcry within conservatives circles calling for the president to strike down the amendment. But experts question the legality and practicality of what would amount to indefinite detention. But said in the next breath he believes "we can do this by executive order".

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.

Napolitano said that the debate over birthright citizenship isn't serious, disagreeing with Jonathan Turley's argument.

The 14th Amendment was a response to the Supreme Court's 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, which said that slaves and their children were not US citizens and therefore, could not sue in federal courts. "There are many people who are under the misimpression that the 14th Amendment commands it", Kobach said during a Fox News television interview.

Matthew Kolken, a United States immigration lawyer, went even further. "At its core, birthright citizenship is what our 14th Amendment is all about".

There is ZERO chance either Gorsuch or Kavanaugh would find that a phone and a pen can abrogate the 14th Amendment.

And Mr Ryan was not the only Republican to shy away from changing the constitution. However, White House lawyers expect to work with the Justice Department to develop a legal justification for the action.

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.

"This form of citizenship is explicitly enshrined in the 14th Amendment and can not be undone by presidential fiat". It later was used to guarantee citizenship to all babies born on U.S. soil after court challenges, including one that led to an 1898 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But Ken Gude, a legal fellow at The Center for American Progress, said such a path will not stand up to legal scrutiny. He [Trump] can't legally do it. He was suggesting a brazen abuse of power.

"We are entering Orwellian territory if Republican judges claim that "all persons born" does not mean all persons born" Mr Gude said.

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