Why Trump wants to take birthright citizenship out of the Constitution

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Tent cities for asylum seekers.

The 14th Amendment to the USA constitution reads: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside". His own Republican campaign in 2016 concentrated on border fears, and that's his focus in the final week of the midterm fight.

"This has nothing to do with elections", the president insists. "For 150 years, without exception, it has been consistently interpreted to mean whoever is born here is an American citizen". Tent cities would not resolve the massive US backlog of asylum seekers.

We'll have more on Trump's attempts to circumvent the 14th Amendment's birthright citizenship clause after headlines with historian and author Martha Jones.

He's also promised to end so-called catch-and-release policies by erecting tent cities to hold those crossing illegally. The caravan of an estimated 4,000 people is still almost 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from the border.

It is, Skrentny added, a philosophy that works well for countries made up of immigrants, such as the US and Canada. "A president who tries to end birthright citizenship by executive order is".

- And the prolonged detention of anyone coming across the U.S. -Mexico border, including those seeking asylum, in "tent cities" erected "all over the place".

"The shrinking caravan of refugees isn't a threat to the country or the constitutional order". I've been saying this before I ever thought of running for office.

Watch above, via Fox News.

"Where we obviously totally agree with the president is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration", the speaker said. "This is not about locking people up". In addition to birthright citizenship, he has also targeted "chain migration" and the diversity lottery system. "This is about winning an election next week".

Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in NY, said the Constitution is very clear.

"The United States is one of two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth", he continued.

"No president can change the Constitution with the stroke of a pen". Trump wrote in a Twitter post.

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"As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out", Trump said Wednesday.

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".

Trump noted a 1993 speech by Harry Reid on the Senate Floor a day after he stunned lawmakers by announcing he planned to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship to non-residents. He said he wants to use an executive order to end the practice by which children born in the US of non-citizen or illegal immigrant parents are immediately a citizen.

Mr Trump had earlier called the birthright policy "ridiculous" and incorrectly claimed the USA was the only country to offer it.

"We all know what the 14th Amendment says". The first sentence reads: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside".

The practice extends citizenship to children born in the U.S., even if their parents are unauthorized immigrants.

Napolitano said that the debate over birthright citizenship isn't serious, disagreeing with Jonathan Turley's argument. In a Tuesday appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the Axios interview didn't surprise her.

Ryan criticized Trump's proposal of ending birthright citizenship with an executive order during an interview on a Kentucky radio station on Tuesday.

"We don't do stunts", Mattis said Wednesday. "They're going to be very nice, and they're going to wait, and if they don't get asylum they get out". But experts question the legality and practicality of what would amount to indefinite detention.

But some supporters in Congress are rushing to cheer Trump on.

The words of a top Democrat proclaiming that "no sane country" would provide birthright citizenship to the children of non-residents was promoted by President Donald Trump on October 31 as he argued that the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the issue.

"The President does not have the power to erase parts of the Constitution, but he and the GOP Congress have spent two years trying to erase protections for people with pre-existing conditions", Ms. Pelosi said.

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