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Trump bashes Paul Ryan on birthright citizenship, 14th Amendment



“Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather
than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something
he knows nothing about!” Trump
wrote on Twitter
Wednesday afternoon. “Our new Republican
Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes
and Securing our Border!”

On Tuesday, Ryan
Trump had no authority to strip the right of
citizenship from individuals born in the United States to
immigrant parents.

“Well you obviously cannot do that,” Ryan said during an
interview with a Kentucky radio station. “You cannot end
birthright citizenship with an executive order.”

“We didn’t like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws
via executive action, and obviously as conservatives we believe
in the Constitution,” he added. “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, and that
would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process.”

Read more: Trump has ‘zero
authority’ to end birthright citizenship, and this is a ‘Hail
Mary’ a week before the midterms, legal experts

“I think the 14th Amendment is clear in enshrining
birthright citizenship in the law, and there is interpretive
case law from the Supreme Court supporting
this,” Tennessee-based immigration lawyer Greg Siskin

told Business Insider
. “Even with a conservative Supreme
Court, I have faith the Court will reject this extremist

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