The president recently said that he would end birth right citizenship through executive order, but there’s one small problem: The United States Constitution.
The same constitution that many Republicans claim should be followed to the letter enshrined birth right citizenship with the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868:
“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.”
It’s unlikely that the president can unilaterally alter the constitution, but he may not have to. Some legislators have already taken his side – like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who intends to introduce legislation doing just that.
Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship. https://t.co/kCa0ko7P76
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 30, 2018
Americans aren’t having it.
BREAKING: The Republican President of the United States has announced his intention to repeal the Fourteenth Amendment through executive order, eliminating birthright citizenship.
American democracy is under attack by the GOP.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) October 30, 2018
It’s not a policy, it’s the Constitution. You are violating your oath of office, defending a scum bag that is trying to subvert the Consitituion. RESIGN.
— William Rodgers (@BillRod6840) October 31, 2018
The definition of citizenship is written into the Fourteenth Amendment.
An Executive Order does not overrule the Constitution. https://t.co/wKSG8nOe6b
— Adam VanHo 🇺🇸 (@adamvanho) October 30, 2018
I kind of want to move to SC just to vote for your opponent in 2020
— Angie (@mama2anh) October 31, 2018
The attacks on birth right citizenship by Graham, Huckabee Sanders, and Trump should give Americans even more reason to make their voices heard during midterms next week.