(National Sentinel) Constitutional: Sen. Lindsey Graham, in response to POTUS Donald Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship via executive order, said Tuesday he will introduce legislation that would achieve the same result.
Graham, South Carolina Republican, said in a tweet, “Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship.”
He added: “I will be introducing legislation to deal with the issue of birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants — in a prospective manner — as I have always contended it has become a magnet for illegal immigration in modern times. The United States is one of two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth. This policy is a magnet for illegal immigration, out of the mainstream of the developed world, and needs to come to an end.”
“I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform – and at the same time – the elimination of birthright citizenship,” he continued.
I will be introducing legislation to deal with the issue of birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants — in a prospective manner — as I have always contended it has become a magnet for illegal immigration in modern times.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 30, 2018
Currently, the U.S. permits children born to illegal immigrants on U.S. soil to become instant citizens. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant mothers to come to the U.S. to have their children, because then they can bring in the rest of their family members — who will then become dependent on taxpayer-supported welfare programs.
The Left claims that is proper under the 14th Amendment, which says, in part:
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.
But a real constitutional expert, former Justice Department official and current talk radio giant Mark Levin, said Tuesday that the amendment, passed in the aftermath of the Civil War to grant citizenship to newly freed slaves, was never meant to convey citizenship to people in the country illegally because they fall under the jurisdiction of their home countries.
“Not until the 1960’s has the Constitution been interpreted to convey birthright citizenship on the children of illegal aliens. And not due to any congressional statute or court ruling, but decisions by various departments and agencies of the federal bureaucracy,” he said on his show Tuesday, Breitbart News reported.
“So, to be clear, the president would not be altering the 14th amendment or the intent of the 14th amendment or the original interpretation of the 14th amendment. On the contrary, the president would be taking charge of the executive branch and upholding the 14th amendment,” he added.
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