Speaker Ryan: ‘You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order’

POLITICO | 10/31/2018 | Tim Alberta
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House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday broke with President Donald Trump on whether an executive order could deny a constitutional guarantee of citizenship to babies born in the U.S. to noncitizen parents.

But despite Ryan's stern rebuttal to the president, the idea of limiting birthright citizenship still has significant cache among congressional Republicans, even if they aren't quite sure how to undo a constitutional guarantee stemming from the 14th Amendment.

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Trump told Axios in an interview released Tuesday that the White House counsel had advised him that there was legal standing to terminate birthright citizenship, and Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the administration was looking into using executive action as well.

Ryan said that the president "obviously cannot do that" in an interview with Kentucky talk radio station WVLK.

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“You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order," he said. "As a conservative, 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. But where we obviously totally agree with the president is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration.”

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Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), however, said because court challenges will hamstring Trump, "Congress would have to get involved ... it is something we'll be looking at."

"Clearly we need to do something in terms of people who are here and are citizens vs. people who just show up. And all of a...
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