Tent cities for asylum seekers. "Oh, yeah? Everybody born here is a citizen, so says the Constitution".
Leaving the White House on Wednesday for a Florida rally, Mr Trump kept the focus on immigration, telling reporters the United States could send as many as 15,000 military troops to the border with Mexico. Tent cities would not resolve the massive USA backlog of asylum seekers. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., a moderate running for reelection in a conservative state, appeared to leave the door open to legislation that would end birthright citizenship, the concept that almost anyone born on American soil is automatically a citizen of the United States.
Activists seeking to limit immigration, including Michael Anton, who wrote an article on the subject for the Washington Post in July, argue that illegal immigrants are not under the jurisdiction of the United States and therefore their children born on USA soil should not be US citizens. In a morning tweet, he said the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil "will be ended one way or the other".
Trump did not back down Wednesday from his controversial proposal to upend the very concept of American citizenship.
But here's what the 14th Amendment says on the subject of birthright citizenship: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside".
Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi called Mr Trump's claim an example of "Republican's spiralling desperation to distract from their assault" on healthcare.
"As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out", Trump said.
"I've been saying this long before the election". "But I think what we have seen that is consistent is that among independents, obviously Democrats but even among Republicans, the Venn diagram is still health care".
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Later Wednesday, Trump told ABC News, "We have to have a wall of people".
"We're a nation of immigrants so if I were to bet I would think the president is going to lose", he said. This is not about birthright citizenship.
Peter Schuck is perhaps the most prominent advocate of the idea that birthright citizenship is not conveyed by the Constitution to children of parents who are living illegally in the U.S. Even he says "Trump clearly can not act by" executive order.
Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in NY, said the Constitution is very clear. In a recent interview with Axios on HBO the President said the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to citizenship to everyone born in the country.
"The shrinking caravan of refugees isn't a threat to the country or the constitutional order".
Trump, who has made rhetoric against illegal immigrants a central plank of his presidency, originally spoke out against birthright citizenship when he first started running for president in 2015.
A longtime proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, Graham would likely want to tie any effort to end birthright citizenship to major changes in immigration policy that could benefit illegal immigrants already living in-country, perhaps with a proposed "path to citizenship", or a long-term partial amnesty agreement. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous and it has to end", he said.
Vice-President Mike Pence said the administration was "looking at action that would reconsider birthright citizenship". "The 14th Amendment has been in the Constitution for 150 years".
There is ZERO chance either Gorsuch or Kavanaugh would find that a phone and a pen can abrogate the 14th Amendment.
"But the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th amendment, subject to the jurisdiction thereof, applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally", Pence said.
The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute estimates that more than 4 million US -born children under the age of 18 have an unauthorized immigrant parent.
Napolitano said that the debate over birthright citizenship isn't serious, disagreeing with Jonathan Turley's argument. Former White House official Michael Anton argued in The Washington Post last July that the amendment is being misread.
Tyler Moran, the director of the Immigration Hub, which advises a wide range of progressive organisations on immigration policy, said that the moderates taking a more conservative tack on immigration were the outliers and that congressional and gubernatorial candidates nationwide were largely "rejecting Trump's strategy of lies and division". Right now, some asylum seekers, particularly families, are being released as their cases progress because there isn't enough detention space to house them.