Reid hits back at Trump over birthright citizenship: 'He is profoundly wrong'

 
"This president wants to destroy not build, to stoke hatred instead of unify. He can tweet whatever he wants while he sits around watching TV, but he is profoundly wrong," Reid said in a statement. 
 
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Reid's statement comes after Trump named him in a Wednesday tweet in which the president argued that children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants are not protected by the Constitution's 14th Amendment.
 
"Harry Reid 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!" Trump said in his tweet.
 
 
Shortly after Reid's statement, Trump sent out another tweet that attacked the senator, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, and included a video of the former senator's 1993 floor speech. 
 
"Harry Reid, when he was sane, agreed with us on Birthright Citizenship!" Trump said in the tweet.
 
 
 
Trump was referring to a speech Reid gave from the Senate floor, where he said that "no sane country" would offer a "reward for being an illegal immigrant."
 
Republicans and conservative publications have seized on Reid's speech, including circulating a video this week of the floor remarks, as well as legislation he introduced in 1993 to end birthright citizenship. 
 
Reid has repeatedly apologized for his opposition to birthright citizenship, including describing himself in a 2006 speech as "so apologetic." He reiterated on Wednesday that his legislation and his remarks were a "mistake." 
 
"In 1993, around the time Donald Trump was gobbling up tax-free inheritance money from his wealthy father and driving several companies into bankruptcy, I made a mistake," Reid said in the statement, which was first reported by Politico. 
 
He added that immigrants "are the lifeblood of our nation." 
 
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"In my 36 years in Washington, there is no more valuable lesson I learned than the strength and power of immigrants and no issue I worked harder on than fixing our broken immigration system. I had the privilege of learning from heroes like Astrid Silva who came to this nation as a little girl and has emerged as a powerful leader. Immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation. They are our power and our strength," he said.
 
Trump said on Tuesday that he could end birthright citizenship by executive order, something legal scholars have largely agreed he is not able to do because it would require amending the Constitution. 
 
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.”