Republican Candidate Kris Kobach Echoes Trump on the Birthright Citizenship Issue

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President Donald Trump says the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil "will be ended one way or the other". "At its core, birthright citizenship is what our 14th Amendment is all about".

President Donald Trump blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday, saying he should be concentrating on maintaining the majority in the House rather than giving his views on birthright citizenship, "something he knows nothing about!".

Ryan said it would involve a "very, very lengthy" constitutional process to change the 14th Amendment, which was adopted in 1868 to protect citizenship rights for freed slaves.

"We have to take a look at that legislation", Donnelly said during a debate on Tuesday evening about a bill that would revoke the right, adding, "I'd want to see that legislation and make sure it was constitutional and review it first".

However, Arthur said, only in 1898 did a subsequent ruling in the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark clarify that a child of permanent residents of the United States was, under the 14th Amendment, a citizen of the United States.

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"You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order", Mr Ryan told Kentucky-based radio station WVLK.

"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States ... with all of those benefits", Trump told Axios.

The debate over birthright citizenship is not new in the U.S., a country built by immigrants from around the globe. "There are many people who are under the misimpression that the 14th Amendment commands it", Kobach said during a Fox News television interview.

The term refers to the automatic right to citizenship for children born in the United States, even to non-citizens.

"Where we obviously totally agree with the President is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration", Ryan said. At the same time, the President has derided his predecessor Barack Obama for taking executive actions to block some young undocumented immigrants from deportation, a step Trump said was a presidential overstep.

This clip is from 2014, when the former president sat down for a one-on-one interview with ABC News. An 1898 Supreme Court decision held that the US -born son of legal Chinese immigrants was a citizen under the 14th Amendment; a footnote in a 1982 decision suggests there should be no difference for children of foreign-born parents whether they are in the USA legally or illegally.

The 14th Amendment was a response to the Supreme Court's 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, which said that slaves and their children were not USA citizens and therefore, could not sue in federal courts. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof. And 84 years later in its 1982 ruling in Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court ruled that even if one enters the USA illegally, they were within US jurisdiction-which means that any of their US -born children enjoy 14th Amendment protections. Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country without our permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with USA citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services this society provides, and that's a lot of services. Most are in the Americas.

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