Paul Ryan: 'You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order'

Paul Ryan: 'You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he'll follow President Donald Trump's lead calling for an end to "birthright" citizenship, and introduce legislation in the house to clarify both the Fourteenth Amendment and federal regulations which define the concept.

He said he would change the United States constitution's 14th amendment, which gives citizenship to all born on U.S. soil, via an executive order.

THE FACTS: Scholars widely pan the idea that Trump could unilaterally change the rules on who is a citizen.

TRUMP: "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment".

The Pentagon this week said it would deploy more than 5,000 active-duty soldiers to the southern boundary, as thousands of Central American migrants head north through Mexico. However, despite having a comfortable majority in the House over the past two years - which the Democrats hope to reverse in next week's midterm elections - Ryan has done little to advance Trump's immigration agenda.

Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi called Mr Trump's claim an example of "Republican's spiralling desperation to distract from their assault" on healthcare. "Now, they're saying I can do it just with an executive order".

Trump said in an interview Tuesday that he wants to end birthright citizenship and could do so with an executive order.

"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States ... with all of those benefits", Trump told Axios.

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Still, the threat of ending birthright citizenship amounts to another escalation in Trump's hardline approach to immigration, which has become his signature issue.

Ilya Shapiro, a lawyer with the libertarian Cato Institute, said that although there is a debate in academic circles among conservatives on whether Congress could legislate on the issue without running afoul of the 14th Amendment, "it's not something that can be done by executive action alone".

A day earlier, the President vowed in an interview on Fox News to construct tent cities to house migrants traveling through Mexico to the USA southern border. They have also argued the 14th amendment - which states "All persons born or naturalised in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States" - shouldn't apply to US-born children of illegal immigrants.

The words of a top Democrat proclaiming that "no sane country" would provide birthright citizenship to the children of non-residents was promoted by President Donald Trump on October 31 as he argued that the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the issue.

"This has not been a serious debate other than in academic circles", said Napolitano. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

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

Speaking to reporters before leaving the White House for a campaign rally in Florida, Trump compared his plan to act by executive order to President Barack Obama's much-maligned decision to use executive action to provide protections from prosecution and a path to work status for some people brought to the USA illegally as children. Most are in the Americas. According to a Pew survey, the number of children born to unauthorised immigrants in the USA rose dramatically from 30,000 in 1980 to 370,000 in 2006, though it has been declining since then. "So the legal result is very unpredictable", Hao said.

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