WASHINGTON D.C. - In an interview released by Axios on Tuesday, President Trump said he plans to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship for children born to non-citizens and undocumented immigrants in the United States.
However, that statement has many crying foul. Birthright citizenship is something guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and says anyone born on U.S. soil is a U.S. citizen.
In response to President's words, the top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said a president does not have that power.
"Well you obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order. We didn't like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action ?I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear," Ryan said.
Many constitutional experts agree with that stance. Amendments to the constitution can not be overridden by presidential action, and can only be changed or removed with either a two-thirds vote from both houses of congress, or through constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of state legislatures.
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