Trump argues 14th Amendment doesn't cover birthright citizenship

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE argued Wednesday morning that children of undocumented immigrants born in the U.S. are not protected by the Constitution's 14th Amendment.

“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof,’" Trump tweeted.

"Many legal scholars agree Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada New Members 2019 Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Cortez Masto poised to become DSCC chair MORE was right in 1993, before he and the Democrats went insane and started with the Open Borders (which brings massive Crime) 'stuff.' Don’t forget the nasty term Anchor Babies. I will keep our Country safe. This case will be settled by the United States Supreme Court!" he added. 

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Trump in a later tweet said that the world is using U.S. laws "to our detriment.

"They laugh at the Stupidity they see!" he added.

Trump floated the idea of issuing an executive order banning birthright citizenship in an interview with Axios, which released a clip of the exchange Tuesday.

He was soon joined in support on Capitol Hill by some of his staunchest allies, such as Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Trump’s new AG has ‘concerns’ about criminal justice bill Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails Senators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill MORE (R-S.C.).

Critics of the plan say it would violate the 14th Amendment, which states in part, “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.” 

Opponents of birthright citizenship claim that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means only children of citizens should automatically get citizenship because their parents owe their allegiance to the U.S., while noncitizens do not. 

While the Supreme Court has never ruled explicitly if the children of specifically undocumented immigrants are covered under the 14th Amendment’s protections, it wrote in 1898, “the 14th Amendment affirms the ancient and fundamental rule of citizenship by birth within the territory, in the allegiance and protection of the country, including all children here born of resident aliens.” 

Trump has sought to thrust immigration into the center of the national discourse in the week before the midterm elections, believing debate surrounding the hot-button issue benefits Republicans. He is known for his hard stance on immigration and has slammed Democrats for wanting “open borders.”

Fox News on Tuesday reported that Republicans are using a 1993 speech in which then-Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who would go on to become Senate majority leader, said "no sane country" would "reward" the child of an undocumented immigrant with U.S. citizenship to justify its immigration push.

Updated at 11:32 a.m.