called it "outrageous that the president can think he can override constitutional guarantees by issuing an executive order". Trump suggested that if former President Barack Obama could execute such an order, he could end birthright citizenship through executive action as well.

Radio Sputnik's Fault Lines spoke with Andrew Arthur, resident fellow in Law and Policy for the Center for Immigration Studies, about the history of the legal debate around birthright citizenship and why Trump is picking this fight. But whether the President follows through on his threat or not, the issue joins a string of actions meant to thrust the matter of immigration into the front of voters' minds as they head to polls next week. "Guess what? You don't", Trump told an interviewer on Monday.

The relevant passage from that amendment reads: "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".

The Pentagon this week said it would deploy more than 5,000 active-duty soldiers to the southern boundary, as thousands of Central American migrants head north through Mexico.


The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute estimates that more than 4 million US -born children under the age of 18 have an unauthorized immigrant parent. "The 14th Amendment has been in the Constitution for 150 years".

But attorney George T. Conway, Kellyanne Conway's husband, has parted company with his wife when it comes to birthright citizenship. A CNN poll released Wednesday showed that immigration is now the top issue for Republican voters in Nevada and Arizona, with 42 percent of Republicans in Nevada now saying immigration is the most important issue in their Senate vote, while 50 per cent in Arizona say the same.

"The Constitution does not - I say that to the media - does not require it. But the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not - whether the language of the 14th Amendment, 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof, ' applies specifically to the people who are in the country illegally", he said at a Politico event.

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.

"The United States is one of two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth", he continued.


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