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Trump Continues Push To End Birthright Citizenship Despite Criticism

October 31, 2018 - 6:20 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) -- President Donald Trump is getting major pushback for his plan to unilaterally end birthright citizenship.

Recently, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has come forward to oppose Trump’s plan, telling WVLK radio in Kentucky, “Well you obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”

Ryan's comments came Tuesday afternoon and offered a rare challenge to the president — from his own party.

Though, President Trump said he has his legal advisors looking into how he could end a civil right granted by the 14th Amendment.

“Many legal scholars he says agree with his point of view, he even said that some Democrats – including Harry Reid back in 1993 –are on his side,” said CBS news correspondent Steve Dorsey. “Yet members of his own party are disagreeing with him saying that this is not something that can be settled, especially with an executive order.”

On Wednesday, Trump furthered his push to end birthright citizenship and claimed the 14th Amendment guarantee of citizenship does not apply to the children of undocumented immigrants.

“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other,” the president tweeted. “It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof.' Many legal scholars agree.....”

The president's top advisers haven't publicly gone as far as the president's claim that birthright citizenship is not covered by the 14th Amendment. Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told reporters Tuesday night the Supreme Court had simply never provided a "solid" answer the the question.