President Trump recently announced that he plans an executive order to end birthright citizenship. I find this puzzling in several ways.
By announcing it days before the election, he obviously thinks it will help Republicans. This strikes me as being the same as Democrats trying to get votes by appealing to those angry over Judge Cavanaugh’s confirmation. In both cases, they are preaching to the choir. It is much more likely to cost them votes.
Republicans are supposed to cherish the Constitution. The first line of the 14th 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”. It sounds pretty clear to me. Many agree, including Paul Ryan.
I also wonder how this would be implemented. Will federal agents interrogate all new mothers? Will there be detention centers for mothers and their babies.
This is another time Trump has shot is mouth off without thinking. That may work well if you are hosting a reality show but not if you are president.