Lindsey Graham Is Taking Trump’s Plan to End Birthright Citizenship and Running With It

Lindsey Graham praised President Trump for taking on the “absurd policy” of birthright citizenship, vowing to introduce legislation that would end the practice.

In an interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios, Trump asserted that he plans to sign an executive order eliminating the concept of birthright citizenship.

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” he stated.

“It’s ridiculous,” Trump continued, “and it has to end.”

President Trump says he plans to end #BirthrightCitizenship for children born in the US to parents who are not legally in the country: “it’s in the process. It’ll happen.” https://t.co/GiCJvENavV pic.twitter.com/8YOa15eQLL

— HLN (@HLNTV) October 30, 2018

 

Liberals have been apoplectic about the notion of dismantling the 14th Amendment, though legendary conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, explains, it’s not relevant.

“There’s nothing in the Constitution that says that if you are born to an illegal immigrant in America, that you are an American citizen,” he elucidated. “It’s not there. People think it is.”

Still, even within the interview, President Trump seems to realize he’d have to run his plan by some legal scholars first, adding it could “definitely” be done “with an act of Congress.”

Enter Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham who has been nothing short of a legendary supporter of the President and his policies over the last few months chimed in, praising Trump for taking on this policy.

Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship. https://t.co/kCa0ko7P76

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 30, 2018

 

Graham explained that he has long supported the end of birthright citizenship as any part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.

“The United States is one of two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth,” he said. “This policy is a magnet for illegal immigration, out of the mainstream of the developed world, and needs to come to an end.”

He then dropped a bombshell indicating he would follow Trump’s lead and introduce legislation to end the practice.

In addition, I plan to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from President @realDonaldTrump.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 30, 2018

 

Can It Succeed?

Vice President Mike Pence explained that the Supreme Court, now firmly in the grasp of Constitutionalist, had never ruled that the 14th Amendment applies to people living in the country illegally.

“We all cherish the language of 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,” he said.

Graham’s legislative path won’t be an easy mountain to climb, but it can be climbed.

Graham is right: Congress clearly has the authority to do this, based on the text, subtext, and context (take your pick!) of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment. And this is something that should be dealt with via legislation, not EO/regulation. https://t.co/Edsm8NpwmL

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 30, 2018

 

The Hill reports: “If Graham is going to propose legislation to amend the Constitution, his bill would need to win over not only two-thirds majorities in Congress, but also be ratified by three-quarters of the states.”

It is one more reason next week’s election is so vital in furthering the President’s policies and platforms.

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