Ryan Claims Trump Can’t End Birthright Citizenship Via Exec Order, Then Suggest He Would Support It As A Law
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring at the end of his term, said on Tuesday that Donald Trump doesn’t have the power to end birthright citizenship via executive order but then suggested that he would support making it a law.
“Well, you obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” Ryan told Lexington, Ky., radio station WVLK. “We didn’t like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action, and obviously as conservatives, we believe in the Constitution.”
“I think the smarter, faster solution here is to crack down on illegal immigration and obliviously support doing that,” he said. “But I’m a believer in the Constitution, I believe in interpreting the Constitution as written, and that means you can’t so something like this via executive order.”
Trump said earlier on Tuesday that he would use his executive power to end birthright citizenship, meaning that any child born from undocumented immigrants won’t be granted citizenship from the United States.
“You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” he said before stating incorrectly: “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.”
Trump doesn’t speak using facts, he just likes inciting fear in people by making up lies. But the worst part is that Republican lawmakers stand by his side and allow the hateful rhetoric to continue.