Trump attacks Paul Ryan over birthright citizenship

Trump's citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a long-shot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long-accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on USA soil, regardless of his parents' immigration status.

While Trump asserts that he can change the provision with such an order, that is far from certain: there is a set process for modifying the constitution, which does not include presidential decree.

"You know, 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", the top Republican in the House told Kentucky's WVLK-AM radio.

Asked about the legality of such an executive order, Trump said "they're saying I can do it just with an executive order".

"If he can do DACA, we can do this by executive order", Trump said, using the acronym for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, said it would require a constitutional amendment to make necessary changes on who all can acquire citizenship. The citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a long-shot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long-accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on USA soil, regardless of his parents' immigration status.

"Where we obviously totally agree with the president is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration", the speaker said. It's unclear how quickly he'd act on an executive order.

The U.S.is not the only country to grant birthright citizenship, with Canada and a number of Latin American countries also doing so, but the issue has always been a contentious one in the U.S. - particularly for those seeking to restrict illegal immigration into the U.S.

The Pentagon this week said it would deploy more than 5,000 active-duty soldiers to the southern boundary, as thousands of Central American migrants head north through Mexico. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words "subject to the jurisdiction thereof".

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Trump insists his immigration moves have nothing to do with politics, even as he rails against the caravans at campaign rallies.

There is much legal debate over the position Mr. Trump argued, with many arguing that illegal immigrants are not subject to American jurisdiction, and therefore ineligible to claim citizenship for their children.

In a statement on October 31, Reid said he "made a mistake" by proposing a bill that would alter birthright citizenship, claiming that his wife confronted him shortly after and changed his mind.

"Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship".

He was speaking to Axios in an interview, whose clips were aired today ahead of the full broadcast on Sunday, where he said he has already consulted with White House's counsel on the matter.

The 14th Amendment was a response to the Supreme Court's 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, which said that slaves and their children were not US citizens and therefore, could not sue in federal courts.

"Harry Reid was right in 1993, before he and the Democrats went insane and started with the Open Borders (which brings massive Crime) "stuff", Trump said in his tweet.

"The President does not have the power to erase parts of the Constitution, but he and the GOP Congress have spent two years trying to erase protections for people with pre-existing conditions", Ms. Pelosi said.

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