Trump's plan for birthright citizenship flawed, says Catholic U law professor
From: Catholic News Agency
By: Christine Rousselle
Date: November 1, 2018
A plan floated by President Donald Trump to end "birthright citizenship" through an executive order is likely unconstitutional, according to a law professor at The Catholic University of America.
"This idea that you can pass this kind of a fundamental change to the Constitution through the signing of a pen...does not comport with the Constitution," CUA law professor Stacy Brustin told CNA.
In a recent interview with news site Axios, Trump said that the U.S. is "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," according to an Oct. 30 Axios report.
"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end," Trump added.
"This idea that you can pass this kind of a fundamental change to the Constitution through the signing of a pen...does not compThe president reportedly said that he would soon end "birthright citizenship" through an executive order.ort with the Constitution," CUA law professor Stacy Brustin told CNA.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is generally understood to establish that citizenship is conferred upon all children born in the United States, regardless of the legal status or citizenship of their parents.
Brustin told CNA that the president is not empowered to change the Constitution through an executive order.
"There are two very clear and established ways of changing the Constitution that are actually articulated in the Constitution," she explained.
"Either two-thirds of both houses of Congress have to pass a proposed amendment, and then send that amendment to the states for ratification by three-quarters of the states," or else a Constitutional convention must be held. Typically, the Congressional route has been used for the passage of previous amendments.
. . .
Click here to view the full article.