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Trump Makes Ignorant Statement On Birthright Citizenship, Then Proved Wrong By His Own Party

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We all know about Donald Trump‘s attitude towards immigration. Basically, like many on the right, he likes to blame immigrants for everything that goes wrong in America. Weak economy? Immigrants. Terrorism? Immigrants. This burger isn’t what I ordered? Probably those darn immigrants again.

As part of his heart-warming quest to make life as difficult as possible for immigrants in America, Trump is always looking for new and inventive ways of crafting policy to get in the way of immigration. The most recent example of this is when Trump discovered the notion of birthright citizenship and, despite clearly not understanding it at all, grabbed hold of his phone, opened Twitter and unleashed yet another avalanche of nonsensical words upon the world.

Basically, Trump saw that birthright citizenship gives immigrants’ babies the right to be American citizens and therefore have access to all the privileges that come with that like education, social security, and so on. He didn’t like that, so decided he would sign an executive order to put an end to it. What could possibly go wrong with that, I wonder?

Why should we worry about those pesky hindrances like Congress and the Constitution? Trump reckons it’s outrageous that America is the only country in the world where illegal immigrants’ babies are automatically American citizens, so long as they’re born on American soil. (By the way, that is completely and totally not true. There are at least thirty other countries that have birthright citizenship laws that work in exactly the same way as here in the US.)

Thankfully, someone was on hand to set the record straight. But the voice that spoke up wasn’t the one anyone expected. It was a Republican, and a senior one at that.

Outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan did not pull his punches when he responded to the President’s comments. Speaking to a Kentucky radio station called WVLK, Ryan said in very plain and forthright terms that “you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order”, which is exactly what Trump just said he would do.

“You obviously cannot do that,” he said, repeating the direct contradiction for emphasis, to really drive it home. “I’m a conservative,” he continued. “I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear.”

Ouch. That’s gotta hurt. Trump has had his misconceptions shattered publicly before, but coming from a senior GOP figure, it must feel even worse.


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