Collins, King slam Trump plan to end birthright citizenship

President Trump said he'll sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship for babies of non-citizens or illegal immigrants born on U.S. soil - an action that could spark a heated constitutional battle.

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

The president said Monday he is mulling an order that would end the citizenship grant as a way, in his view, to remove a lure for undocumented migrants to come to the US illegally.

He tweeted: "I hate to break the news to President Trump, but the Supreme Court isn't going to let him rewrite immigration law by executive fiat, nor should they. 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.

A press release from Reid's office issued a day after the speech stated that the bill "clarifies that a person born in the United States to an alien mother who is not a lawful resident is not a US citizen", reported the left-leaning website Politifact.

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The troop numbers have been changing at a dizzying pace, with Trump drawing a hard line on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections. "It'll happen with an executive order".

Is America actually the only country to have Jus Soli? Harry Reid in 1993 that "no sane country" would award citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants born on its soil.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump vowed to push forward with his call to end birthright citizenship, despite a backlash from legal scholars and some prominent members of his own party against his pledge a day earlier to take executive action on the matter. "It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof'".

Trump has characterized the caravan as "an invasion of our country".

He gave no further details of the plans, which he announced in an interview with news website Axios that was published on Tuesday, and it was unclear what specific action his order would pursue. "This case will be settled by the United States Supreme Court!" he wrote.

Ryan's initial reaction to Trump's proposal was, "You obviously can not do that". This is not about birthright citizenship.

"During congressional debates, both proponents and opponents of the citizenship clause agreed with this interpretation of the 14th Amendment", he added.

The president did not say when he would sign the order, but many are questioning the timing, which is just days before the midterm elections.

Vice President Mike Pence said the administration was "looking at action that would reconsider birthright citizenship".

"That ability to move on instinct without hesitation, that's why he's president", King said.

  • Rogelio Becker