Dem lawmaker on Trump intent to end birthright citizenship: He 'should take a high school government class'

Dem lawmaker on Trump intent to end birthright citizenship: He 'should take a high school government class'
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Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalProposals to reform supports for parents face chopping block Democrats see light at end of tunnel on Biden agenda Democrats jostle over health care priorities for scaled-back package MORE (D-Wash.) tore into President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE over his stated intention to end birthright citizenship.

After Trump said in an interview with Axios that he intends to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship, Jayapal released a statement saying the president doesn't have that power and he should “take a high school government class.”

“President Trump should take a high school government class before so confidently claiming he can eliminate the 14th Amendment through executive action,” Jayapal said. “Constitutional scholars and even members of his own party agree — this simply isn’t possible.”

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“This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant rhetoric, sow division and distract voters from this administration’s very real infringements against working families,” she added.

The president said in an interview released Tuesday morning that he intends to sign an executive order ending the right to citizenship for children born in the U.S. to noncitizens. Such an order would lead to significant legal debate over the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to all persons "born or naturalized“ in the U.S.

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said. "You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order." 

The suggestion has been met with significant backlash, including from some members of Trump’s own party who have said that birthright citizenship cannot be ended with an executive order and would require a constitutional amendment. 

“Well, you obviously cannot do that,” GOP Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE said.

Jayapal, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and an immigrant herself, vowed in her statement to “fight tooth and nail” against any efforts by the administration or GOP to “encroach on basic citizenship rights legislatively.”

“Our country’s fabric is stronger because of the protections provided in the 14th Amendment,” she said. “These efforts are nothing more than attempts to harm children who are just as American as any other child born in the United States of America.” 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said that he will introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship after Trump's suggestion.