Most of those pontificating on whether President Trump has the right to reverse conveying birthright citizenship on children of illegal aliens are ignorant of the Constitution and are simply engaging in a form of political pandering.
Believe it or not, it may be possible for President Trump to restrict the citizenship of children born to foreigners and aliens by an Executive Order which would simply reverse a bureaucratic interpretation that was created sometime in the 1960s.
There is no provision in the Constitution to confer citizenship on the children of illegal aliens and it appears that this provision was created sometime in the 1960s by a bureaucratic interpretation of the INS which has never been voted on by Congress nor examined by the United States Supreme Court.
Furthermore, if one wanted to examine the writings of Senator Jacob Howard, the author of the citizenship clause in the Fourteenth Amendment, they could easily read his explanation in the U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 - 1875 from the Congressional Globe, Senate, 39th Congress, 1st Session - Page 2890 for May 30,
Senator Howard explained in clear English -- remember it is our national language that unites us -- who would fall within the jurisdiction of the Amendment.
"...[E]very person born within the limits of the United State, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of person.
Here is proof positive…
Read the Senate debate over provisions involving the 14th Amendment from the government archives for yourself.
The idea that the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, can simply say “You can’t end birthright citizenship with an executive order. You obviously cannot do that. 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. Where we obviously totally agree with the President is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration.” Perhaps Ryan should review "consent of the governed" and the definition of sovereignty.
The progressive pundits who point out that there is no precedent and no legal authority, do not understand that it was an Executive Branch agency who interpreted the Constitution and implemented public policy. And, that the President of the United States has the plenary power to reverse any rule or regulation promulgated by an Executive Branch agency.
As for Ryan noting that he is a conservative, this is pure bullpucky.
This is one of those issues that will clearly demonstrate that the progressive socialist democrats and their RINO (Republican In Name Only) cohorts are engaging in self-serving political pandering and do give a rat’s ass about how much harm this unconstitutional process is harming the United States nor do they care to follow the U.S. Constitution when it puts their political agenda or candidacy at risk. They are not Americans – they are cowards.
President Trump is not trying to change the Constitution, he is trying to change bureaucratic excess and return to the original meaning of the 14th Amendment.
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS