Paul Ryan Shuts Down Trump Plan to End Birthright Citizenship With Executive Order: ‘You Obviously Cannot Do That’


Hours after it was revealed that President Donald Trump planned to end the 150-year-old guarantee of birthright citizenship, House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to push back on the idea, citing his respect for the constitution.

“Well, you obviously cannot do that,” he said during an interview Tuesday with Lexington, Kentucky’s WVLK radio. “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.”

The remarks were tweeted out by Bloomberg News‘ Erik Wasson and Jennifer Jacobs:

Earlier in the day, Axios published its exclusive interview with Trump in which he said that he intended to strike down birthright citizenship, which is protected by the 14th Amendment, with an executive order.

“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,” he said, erroneously claiming birthright citizenship is unique to the U.S. when, in fact, it also exists in dozens of other nations.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

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