End Birthright Citizenship by President Proclamation? No, Say Local Experts

Despite a mountain of evidence, showing he can't do it, President Donald Trump is pressing forward with a plan to use executive order to end birthright citizenship, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

"There is no way that an executive order can reverse what is in the Constitution," St. Mary's Law Professor Al Kauffman says.

With a migrant caravan inching closer to the Texas border, President Trump gave an interview to the political website Axios, saying he wanted to end the practice of granting U.S. citizenship to every person born on U.S. soil. 

 "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump told the reporter

.Kauffman says the president is getting bad advice.

"The only method to change Constitutional law is to amend the Constitution," he explains.

That would take an act of Congress and President Trump may have an ally in Senator Lindsay Graham, who took to Twitter."Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship. I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform - and at the same time - the elimination of birthright citizenship," Graham said in a string of tweets. 

Congress is out of session until November 13.


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