Sen. Lindsey Graham Says He'll Introduce Legislation To End Birthright Citizenship

Sen. Lindsey Graham Says He'll Introduce Legislation To End Birthright Citizenship

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.

Not so fast, said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"Well you obviously can not do that", Ryan said, asked for his position on the president's proposal.

"This has not been a serious debate other than in academic circles", said Napolitano.

And Peter J. Spiro, a law professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, told the Times, "The conventional understanding is absolutely clear that children born in the United States are citizens of the United States, with the insignificant exception of the children of diplomats". But Ryan said Tuesday ending the policy would require a Constitutional amendment.

Trump said he has talked about this with his council and reiterated that the process is in the works. We didn't like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action, and obviously as conservatives we believe in the Constitution.

Days out from the midterms, however, it is Mr. Trump who has brought birthright citizenship to the forefront of the political conversation. "But now they're saying I can just do it with an executive order". "Guess what? You don't", a gleeful Trump told Axios' Jonathan Swan when asked about his desire to end the practice of birthright citizenship, which is based on a longstanding interpretation of the 14 amendment's classification of all persons born or naturalized in the United States "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" as citizens.

The president also tweeted about Democrat Harry Reid, who in 1993 called for the end of the birthright policy.

Children born to unauthorized immigrants in the United States under the current interpretation of immigration law gain access to U.S. benefits.

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

Both the 14th Amendment and the INA include this clause. "A president who tries to end birthright citizenship by executive order is".

Trump could argue that children of unauthorized immigrants aren't subject to U.S. jurisdiction. "I know the Congress has looked at legislative action to reconsider that", Mr. Pence said in an interview.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to shift stance somewhat by avoiding saying it would be ended by executive order, while acknowledging the matter "will be settled by the United States Supreme Court".

"President Mr. Trump's new claim he can unilaterally end the Constitution's guarantee of citizenship shows Republicans' spiralling desperation to distract from their assault on Medicare, Medicaid and people with pre-existing conditions", she said.

"Illegals can be prosecuted, illegals can go to court and sue".

In the run-up to the November 6 congressional elections, Trump has seized on a caravan of migrants from Central America who are trekking through Mexico toward the United States, calling the migrants a threat.

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