Why Trump wants to take birthright citizenship out of the Constitution

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

But his timing is striking.

Executive orders really depend on the subject matter they cover. Tent cities would not resolve the massive USA backlog of asylum seekers.

Later on Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Trump's methodology needed a fact check.

As a candidate for office, Trump frequently lambasted birthright citizenship accusing so-called "anchor babies" of not being Americans.

In the United States, Birthright citizenship may be conferred by jus soli or jus sanguinis.

Once the first few Chinese or Russian or Turkish maternity tourists were denied passports the ACLU would file suit in San Francisco federal district court on their behalf, the court would enjoin the new policy, the Ninth Circuit would uphold the lower court, and the case would come before the Supreme Court.

Another Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Mr. Trump for his move.

"The Caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people".

Between the shootings, the deadliest attack on Jews in US history, and the mail bomb scare targeting Democrats and a media organization, the caravan of migrants slowly trudging north had faded from front pages and cable TV. "You can do it through an executive order". This week he dispatched more than 5,000 regular troops to the border with Mexico.

"I've been saying this long before the election". Asking them to play with material as radioactive as citizenship when they're paralyzed on even basic immigration compromises is like asking them to get cracking on sweeping entitlement reform.

"We don't do stunts in this department", Mattis told reporters Wednesday. According to a Pew survey, the number of children born to unauthorised immigrants in the U.S. rose dramatically from 30,000 in 1980 to 370,000 in 2006, though it has been declining since then. "This is not about locking people up".

"Harry Reid, when he was sane, agreed with us on Birthright Citizenship!". "This is about winning an election next week".

Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in NY, told AP that the constitution was very clear on this.

Ryan's initial reaction to Trump's proposal was, "You obviously can not do that".

And Mr Ryan was not the only Republican to shy away from changing the constitution.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump took to Twitter to vent his ire at the most powerful congressional Republican.

Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe criticized Trump's idea of revoking birthright citizenship, tweeting that "if the 14th Amendment could be wiped out with the stroke of Trump's pen, the whole USA constitution could be erased that way".

But Mr Trump said he had talked to his legal counsel and was advised he could enact the change on his own, contrary to the view of many constitutional experts.

Pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), U.S. citizenship is automatically granted to any person born within and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, Wikipedia reports. Others reported growing interest in services in Canada, which also grants birthright citizenship.

Vice-President Mike Pence said the administration was "looking at action that would reconsider birthright citizenship". After I proposed that bad bill, my wife Landra immediately sat me down and said, 'Harry, what are you doing, don't you know that my father is an immigrant?' She set me straight.

The problem comes with the phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof". 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. A 2010 study from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that supports immigration restrictions, showed that 30 countries offered birthright citizenship.

Napolitano said that the debate over birthright citizenship isn't serious, disagreeing with Jonathan Turley's argument. The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Trump said in the tweet. We have no way of tracking that, so that is our direct message to the families of Central America: Do not send your children to the borders. "We - House Republicans and this President - are in total agreement on the need to stop illegal immigration, to secure our border and fix our laws".

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