Courtesy of Axios:
Trump told “Axios on HBO” that he has run the idea of ending birthright citizenship by his counsel and plans to proceed with the highly controversial move, which certainly will face legal challenges.
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said, declaring he can do it by executive order.
When told that’s very much in dispute, Trump replied: “You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”
“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits,” Trump continued. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” (More than 30 countries, most in the Western Hemisphere, provide birthright citizenship.)
“It’s in the process. It’ll happen … with an executive order.”
Keep in mind that Trump is still fanning the flames of fear and anger toward immigrants only a couple of days after a man perpetrated the largest mass shooting against the Jewish community in American history because he thought they were funding a migrant caravan.
This is the kind of hateful rhetoric that costs lives.
And what’s more, he simply cannot do what he claims he can do.
Courtesy of Business Insider:
President Donald Trump has “zero authority” to end birthright citizenship unilaterally, legal and immigration experts say, with one immigration lawyer describing his plan to do so via executive order as a “Hail Mary” meant to garner support ahead of next week’s midterm elections.
Trump is essentially lying again while counting on the fact that his followers are too ignorant to fact check him.
And sadly enough he is undoubtedly correct.