The Latest on President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration issues (all times local):
President Donald Trump says the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil “will be ended one way or the other.”
As Trump considers an executive action to curtail what he terms “so-called Birthright Citizenship,” he tweets that “It is not covered by the 14th Amendment.”
He added Wednesday: “Many legal scholars agree” with his interpretation.
In fact, House Speaker Paul Ryan and scholars widely pan the idea that Trump could unilaterally change the rules on who is a citizen. And it’s highly questionable whether an act of Congress could do it, either.
Trump has discussed the issue before and reinjected it into the political conversation just days before the 2018 midterms as he looks to energize his base.
President Donald Trump is rushing out hardline immigration declarations, promises and actions as he tries to mobilize supporters to retain Republican control of Congress in the midterm elections.
Trump says he’s sending thousands of U.S. troops to stop an “invasion” of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border even though the migrants are on foot hundreds of miles away. Trump says tent cities could be set up for asylum seekers even though that would not resolve the massive U.S. backlog of asylum seekers. And Trump says he’d like to end the Constitution’s guarantee of birthright citizenship even though most legal scholars say that would require a new constitutional amendment.
Trump says this “has nothing to do with elections,” but his timing is striking.
Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 concentrated on border fears, and that’s his final-week focus in the midterm fight.
Source: The Associated Press