November 1, 2018
Paul “Weasel Lad” Ryan once again came out to denounce Trump and defend invasive animals.
Trump hit back on Wednesday.
Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
What is this weaselly sonovabitch even doing talking about this?
He’s quitting – so what business is it of his?
Is he just going to keep talking about politics long after he’s resigned – attacking Trump in the name of Trve Conservative Values™?
Get the hell out of the way, Paul, no one cares about your bullshit anymore. That’s why you were driven out – because no one cares.
Even the Jewish WaPo is admitting Ryan is wrong (while also claiming Trump is wrong, which is untrue).
President Trump says he’s planning to end birthright citizenship “with an executive order.” He can’t, as several experts have pointed out.
Yet those critics who say the rule can change only through a constitutional amendment, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Atlantic’s Garrett Epps, also go too far. The 14th Amendment’s citizenship clause, as attorneys George T. Conway III and Neal Katyal correctly note, was an effort to define previously enslaved African Americans as U.S. citizens. But when they acknowledge that “it is Congress, not the president, who is in the driver’s seat when it comes to immigration,” they fail to note that it can steer birthright citizenship policies in a new direction.
The 14th Amendment’s citizenship clause did not even address, much less resolve, the question of citizenship for the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. As we discuss in our 1985 book, “Citizenship Without Consent: Illegal Aliens in the American Polity,” the federal government was not then restricting immigration. (The U.S. slave trade was banned by this time, but that was not immigration in any sense we think of it today.) Although the clause states, “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,” Congress and courts were left to work out the full meaning of the words, “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”
The Constitution empowers Congress, the Article I branch of government, to establish rules for naturalization. Congress has consistently exercised that authority to design citizenship policies, and federal courts have consistently supported this: Native Americans born within tribes, sometimes also termed “domestic dependent nations,” were found not to possess birthright citizenship in the 1884 Supreme Court holding in Elk v. Wilkins. There, the high court acknowledged that the plaintiff was “subject, as residents of the states, to all the burdens of government” but yet, as a Native American, was not considered part “of any political community, nor entitled to any of the rights, privileges, or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Regardless of how retrogressive that reasoning sounds now, it was only after passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 that all Native Americans were recognized as citizens by the federal government.
The Chad Lindsey Graham already said he’s introducing this to Congress.
But clearly Trump can do whatever he wants through executive order – he is the King of America, and all must bow before him when the time comes.
And yes, Paul: that includes you.