President Trump on Tuesday said he wants to use an executive order to put an end to birthright citizenship. The move would put a stop to the long, long time practice of granting citizenship to anyone who was born on U.S. soil, which is outlined in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Many believe that the Amendment has contributed to the problem of illegal immigration, since any child within U.S. borders, even to illegals, is an American citizen automatically.
—QUOTABLE: “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.” -Trump
—MEANWHILE, House Speak Paul Ryan threw a big bucket of cold water on President Trump’s idea that a simple executive order could undo a Constitutional Amendment. “You obviously cannot do that,” Ryan said. Any changes to a Constitutional Amendment require an act of Congress, which is for a good reason.
—QUOTABLE: ”We didn’t like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action, and obviously as conservatives we believe in the Constitution …. I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear, and that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process.” -Ryan