Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Top Democrat in 1993: ‘No Sane Country’ Would Provide Birthright Citizenship

Top Democrat in 1993: ‘No Sane Country’ Would Provide Birthright Citizenship

United States President, Donald Trump, has pledged to end birthright citizenship, the latest salvo in his ever-expanding drive to crack down on illegal immigration.

On Tuesday, leading Democrats and immigrants rights activists blasted Trump's pledge to issue an executive order, and Ryan dismissed the idea during a radio interview, saying it is not consistent with the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. In a morning tweet, he said the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil "will be ended one way or the other". "That's what it costs ― billions". "Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayer expense in this country's county-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers?"

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

Graham's bill, he says, will take the same form as Trump's proposed executive order, ending a loophole that allows children born in the United States to non-citizen parents to claim automatic citizenship. "Now, they're saying I can do it just with an executive order". "We will get rid of all of this".

Trump wrote: "Harry Reid, when he was sane, agreed with us on Birthright Citizenship!".

Trump and many top aides have long seen the immigration issue as the most effective rallying cry for his base of supporters.

"One can debate whether or not it is a good policy, but attempting to overturn a Supreme Court ruling by executive order is either ignorant or authoritarian", Mr Rosenzweig said.

An executive order would spark an uphill legal battle for Trump about whether the president has the unilateral ability to declare that children born in the USA to those living here illegally aren't citizens.

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Added to the Constitution in 1868-150 years ago-the 14th Amendment has been considered in various Supreme Court decisions over the years.

"Birthright citizenship is a very, very important subject". Former White House official Michael Anton argued in The Washington Post last July that the amendment is being misread.

Meanwhile, US lawmakers continued to criticise Donald Trump for his view on birthright citizenship.

The right to citizenship for anyone born in the United States is guaranteed in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. 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.

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 the House speaker sought to emphasize common ground with the President on immigration, saying, "Where we obviously totally agree with the President is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration". Six of the Justices ruled that the phrase "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" applied to any person required to obey USA laws, meaning even children of foreigners residing in the country permanently or temporarily. In 1868, the 14th Amendment was passed to cement rules put into place by recent civil rights laws, including birthright citizenship. We don't even know how many of these kids don't make it and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train.

Judge Andrew Napolitano said Wednesday on "Outnumbered" that Congress can not stop the child of an undocumented parent from becoming a legal American citizen.

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