President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is “very seriously” considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship, a right enshrined in the Constitution that lawmakers argue the president does not have the executive authority to end.
“We’re looking at that very seriously,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Kentucky. “Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land — walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby’s now a U.S. citizen.”
“We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” he added. “It’s, frankly, ridiculous.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle quickly pushed back on the idea and argued Trump lacked the authority to make such a change using an executive order.
They cited that birthright citizenship is a right enshrined under the 14th Amendment.
Trump claimed the birthright citizenship would be ended “one way or another.”
Trump can’t do this unless there is a serious breakdown of the rule of law in this country — but the fact he thinks he can speaks volumes https://t.co/pks29Hp7Hv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 22, 2019