The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE, calling his plan to end birthright citizenship "blatantly unconstitutional."
"This is a blatantly unconstitutional attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms," the ACLU said in a statement on Twitter.
This is a blatantly unconstitutional attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms.— ACLU (@ACLU) October 30, 2018
The 14th Amendment’s citizenship guarantee is clear. You can’t erase the Constitution with an executive order, @realDonaldTrump. https://t.co/8vGkjOlPsE
"The 14th Amendment’s citizenship guarantee is clear. You can’t erase the Constitution with an executive order,
@realDonaldTrump," the group concluded
In an interview with the news outlet, Trump said he planned to end the right to citizenship for children born in the U.S. to noncitizens, claiming that "you don't" need a constitutional amendment to take such a step.
"You can definitely do it with an act of Congress," Trump said in the interview, which is set to air in full on Nov. 4. "But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."
Trump's comments have been met with swift backlash from Democratic and GOP lawmakers.
Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloLawmakers laud diversity gains in Congress Nation's fraught politics leads to fear, scars and exits Direct air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy MORE (R-Fla.) tweeted early Tuesday that "Birthright citizenship is protected by the Constitution, so no @realDonaldTrump you can’t end it by executive order."
"What we really need is broad immigration reform that makes our country more secure and reaffirms our wonderful tradition as a nation of immigrants," he added.
Trump has stepped up his rhetoric on immigration as the midterm elections near. On Monday, he referred to the thousands of migrants traveling to the U.S. to flee violence in Central America as an "invasion."