Trump Says Birthright Citizenship Issue Will Go to Supreme Court

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

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

President Donald Trump thought he had a good idea: With the flick of a pen, he could sign away the constitutional right to citizenship granted to almost everyone who is born in the United States, in an attempt to curb illegal immigration.

Ryan did add that the House GOP "obviously totally agree" with Trump on stopping "unchecked illegal immigration".

Trump says White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal.

Saikrishna Prakash, a conservative legal scholar at the University of Virginia, said Trump faces long legal odds to ending citizenship as a birthright. But a child born in Israel is a citizen only if a parent has citizenship.

Another possible solution could come from the Senate and Congress either in the form of a statutory amendment, which would further define language in the 14th Amendment to rule out birthright citizenship to non-residents, or a Constitutional amendment, which would require the ratification from three-quarters of the states in addition to two-thirds of Congress and the Senate. During the interview, the retiring speaker reiterated that Republicans are in "total agreement" with the president on illegal immigration and border security.

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment, one amendment".

"Once here, the baby born is an American citizen", he said.

Trump vows to terminate birthright citizenship
The president's comments come ahead of next week's mid-term election, in which immigration is a key issue for his GOP base. To claim that the United States is the only nation with a citizenship policy of its kind, however, is just not true.

Collins said an executive order rescinding birthright citizenship would be subject to a court challenge and she believes the courts would likely invalidate the order. Harry Reid in 1993 that "no sane country" would award citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants born on its soil. The citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a long-shot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long-accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on USA soil, regardless of his parents' immigration status.

"Birthright citizenship defines who we are as a nation and is a core part of our American heritage and history".

Some legal scholars argue that the phrase "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" seems to give the government some leeway to restrict the right, just as other constitutional principles can be limited.

Ryan and Mr. Trump have clashed in the past, particularly during the 2016 presidential election. "At its core, birthright citizenship is what our 14th Amendment is all about".

Another Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Mr. Trump for his move. "I know the Congress has looked at legislative action to reconsider that", Mr. Pence said in an interview.

"But the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th amendment, subject to the jurisdiction thereof, applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally", Pence said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced he will be introducing legislation "to deal with the issue of birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants" and said it was a "magnet for illegal immigration in modern times". I think there would nearly certainly be a lawsuit and the courts will decide.

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