"You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order".
Trump, who has made rhetoric against illegal immigrants a central plank of his presidency, originally spoke out against birthright citizenship when he first started running for president in 2015.
So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other.
The legal argument espoused by conservative activists for excluding children of illegal immigrants would likely be based around the language in the 14th Amendment that says people born in the United States are citizens if they are "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. Reid said. "Guess again". Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he will "closely review" the proposed executive order, but said that "as a general matter, this is an issue that Congress should take the lead to carefully consider and debate".
It is unclear if "this" means Trump's promise to end the constitutionally-protected right of birthright citizenship, which he said he will do via Executive Order, or if he meant illegal immigration.
The migrant groups that Trump has sought to cast as a threat to the United States are still in southern Mexico, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the USA border.
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Experts who say the issue is open to further interpretation also note the dissenting opinion written by two justices in 1886 and note the situation at that time was dramatically different, with the country not facing today's waves of illegal aliens.
"Let me tell you why this amendment was written, it was written for two reasons: One, to make a clear and unambiguous constitutional reversal of one of the worst Supreme Court opinions in history, Dred Scott v. Sanford, which said that African-Americans are not persons and not citizens".
Most legal scholars say the jurisdiction language denies citizenship only to those who are not bound by USA law, such as the children of foreign diplomats. "The 14th Amendment has been in the Constitution for 150 years. This case will be settled by the United States Supreme Court!" he added. "If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with USA citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services this society provides".
President Trump has often signaled his displeasure with the idea of birthright citizenship by using the term "anchor baby" to describe a child born in the United States to parents who are not legally inside the country.