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President Trump says birthright citizenship can be stopped with executive action or a congressional vote; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.
Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe unleashed an unhinged attack on President Trump and his supporters Wednesday after the commander in chief said he was considering an executive action that would end the practice of "birthright citizenship."
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"This fuxxxng racist wants to reverse the outcome of the Civil War," Tribe claimed. He was referring to the 14th Amendment, which is often cited by media figures as a Constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone – including children of illegal immigrants – born in the United States.
"Over half a million lives were lost in that sacred cause. If you agree we can’t let this lunatic get away with that, SAY SO!!! If you’re silent, you’re complicit," Tribe added in an apparent warning to Trump's supporters. Tribe has in the past caught attention for accusing Trump of "terrorism" and calling for his impeachment.
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Although the 14th Amendment was originally passed as part of a Reconstruction-era effort to protect civil rights for African-Americans, it later became part of debates about immigration. The amendment 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."
Tribe was one of many to criticize the president's would-be executive action. "This president should 'seriously' consider reading the Constitution," Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted.
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Trump, who indicated as a candidate that he would end the practice, said it was "ridiculous" to give illegal immigrants' children birthright citizenship.
"Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land — you walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby's now a U.S. citizen. We're looking at it very, very seriously...
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