Trump's plans to end the policy further escalates his administration's efforts to promote immigration as a major campaign issue before the November 6 midterm elections. "But the 14th amendment of the constitution is very clear".
Can Trump get rid of birthright citizenship through an executive order?
"But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order", he said in the interview.
The comments come a day after Ryan threw cold water on the President's assertion that he can use executive action to end the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the United States.
Legal scholars have had much to say about the 14th Amendment over the years, including U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James Ho-who, in 2011, declared, "Opponents of illegal immigration can not claim to champion the rule of law and then, in the same breath, propose policies that violate our Constitution".
Judge Andrew Napolitano said Wednesday on "Outnumbered" that Congress can not stop the child of an undocumented parent from becoming a legal American citizen.
The troop numbers have been changing at a dizzying pace, with Trump drawing a hard line on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections.
Already, even some of the President's defenders downplayed the prospects of successfully ending birthright citizenship by executive order. The loophole has, the pair contend, led to increased illegal immigration and also "birthright tourism", which sees visitors come from countries like China and Russian Federation for the express goal of giving birth in the United States.
The Pentagon announced Monday the deployment of 5,200 active-duty troops to beef up security along the US-Mexico border in a bid to prevent the migrant caravan from illegally crossing the frontier.
"The shrinking caravan of refugees isn't a threat to the country or the constitutional order".
Vice President Mike Pence said the plan may not be unconstitutional, telling Politico in an interview that while " we all cherish" the 14th amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court has not weighed in on the issue entirely.
The amendment has been at the center of numerous Supreme Court decisions. The children, as citizens, can then sponsor their families to become U.S. citizens as well once they turn 21.
Hours earlier on Wednesday, Trump reiterated his desire to end birthright citizenship, claiming "many scholars agree" the practice is not protected by the 14th Amendment. "Guess what? You don't", he said, adding that he has run it by his counsel.
"Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship".
"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.