House Speaker Paul Ryan told a Kentucky radio station on Tuesday that "you can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order", remarks that come after President Donald Trump said that he has thought about trying to do just that.
Trump raised the idea of using an executive order to end the citizenship provision enshrined in the 14th Amendment during an interview on Tuesday. "So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other", he wrote on Wednesday. "For 150 years, without exception, it has been consistently interpreted to mean whoever is born here is an American citizen".
"I believe you could have a simple vote in Congress", he said of birthright citizenship.
Even House Speaker and Ayn Rand worshipper Paul Ryan has called Trump out, asserting that "you can't end birthright citizenship with an executive order".
Trump doubled down on his commitment to upending the 14th Amendment to the riled-up crowd chanting, "USA! But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order", Trump said. "We will get rid of all of this". "It will happen. With an executive order".
Under the Constitution's 14th Amendment, enacted in the wake of the Civil War to ensure that black Americans previously subject to slavery had full citizenship rights, citizenship is granted to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States".
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of trying to distract attention from healthcare policy, which Democrats have identified as a top election issue.
"One can debate whether or not it is a good policy, but attempting to overturn a Supreme Court ruling by executive order is either ignorant or authoritarian", Mr Rosenzweig said. "There are many people who are under the misimpression that the 14th Amendment commands it", Kobach said during a Fox News television interview.
According to a 2015 Pew Research Centre poll, 60% of Americans were against ending birthright citizenship. "Birthright citizenship is a constitutional right, no less for the children of undocumented persons than for descendants of passengers of the Mayflower".
Meanwhile, US lawmakers continued to criticise Donald Trump for his view on birthright citizenship.
Reid apologized for the position in 1999 shortly after the powerful left-leaning union AFL-CIO changed its position to support birthright citizenship for all people in the United States. However, despite having a comfortable majority in the House over the past two years - which the Democrats hope to reverse in next week's midterm elections - Ryan has done little to advance Trump's immigration agenda.
In the run-up to the November 6 congressional elections, Trump has seized on a caravan of migrants from Central America who are trekking through Mexico toward the United States, calling the migrants a threat.
In a statement on October 31, Reid said he "made a mistake" by proposing a bill that would alter birthright citizenship, claiming that his wife confronted him shortly after and changed his mind.
With the 2018 midterms less than a week away and many political analysts saying that Republicans are likely to lose their majority in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump is going out of his way to fire up his far-right base-and that includes railing against immigrants.
More broadly, Trump's view that US -born children of foreigners live a lifetime of taking "all those benefits" ignores the taxes they pay, the work they do and their other contributions to society.