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"You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order", the Wisconsin Republican told a Kentucky radio station on Tuesday. "That's what it costs ― billions".

Most recently, in June this year, two Republican immigration proposals failed to get enough votes in the House, with critics within the GOP accusing Ryan of backing an amnesty for immigrants in the United States illegally.

"I believe you could have a simple vote in Congress", he said of birthright citizenship.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump vowed to push forward with his call to end birthright citizenship, despite a backlash from legal scholars and some prominent members of his own party against his pledge a day earlier to take executive action on the matter. "We will get rid of all of this".

While lawyers disputed that such unilateral action by the president could eliminate a right guaranteed by the United States constitution, some agents reassured potential clients that the policy would at least remain unchanged for a couple of years.

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A press release from Reid's office issued a day after the speech stated that the bill "clarifies that a person born in the United States to an alien mother who is not a lawful resident is not a US citizen", reported the left-leaning website Politifact. But whether the President follows through on his threat or not, the issue joins a string of actions meant to thrust the matter of immigration into the front of voters' minds as they head to polls next week.

Donald Trump said that the issue would be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court.

But another Republican candidate in a closely contested House race, Maria Elvira Salazar, said Wednesday that the clause of the 14th Amendment that provides the constitutional underpinning for birthright citizenship "needs to be reviewed", according to the Miami Herald. "The 14th Amendment has been in the Constitution for 150 years".

He also claimed that what he terms "so-called Birthright Citizenship" is "not covered by the 14th Amendment". "I've always supported comprehensive immigration reform - and at the same time - the elimination of birthright citizenship", Graham explained on Twitter. Former White House official Michael Anton argued in The Washington Post last July that the amendment is being misread.

Trump did not say when he would sign the order, and some of his past promises to use executive action have gone unfulfilled.

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The relevant passage from that 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". The loophole has, the pair contend, led to increased illegal immigration and also "birthright tourism", which sees visitors come from countries like China and Russian Federation for the express goal of giving birth in the United States.

With the 2018 midterms less than a week away and many political analysts saying that Republicans are likely to lose their majority in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump is going out of his way to fire up his far-right base-and that includes railing against immigrants.

This is different, Napolitano said, for illegal immigrants who can be prosecuted and can sue in court because they are subject to the law as American citizens are.

"But the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th amendment, subject to the jurisdiction thereof, applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally", Pence said. According to a Pew survey, the number of children born to unauthorised immigrants in the USA rose dramatically from 30,000 in 1980 to 370,000 in 2006, though it has been declining since then.

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