President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would pursue an executive order to outlaw birthright citizenship just days before the November midterm elections, which, as expected, caused a meltdown from the political Left.
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” Trump said in an interview. “Guess what? You don’t. You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order…We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States…with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
Democratic politicians and left-leaning organizations immediately jumped on Trump’s comments, claiming that he was trying to “fan the flames of anti-immigrant” hate and that he was trying to “incite his base.”
“This is a blatantly unconstitutional attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms,” the ACLU tweeted. “The 14th Amendment’s citizenship guarantee is clear. You can’t erase the Constitution with an executive order, @realDonaldTrump.”
As Democrats were quick to attack Trump over his comments, a 1993 video from former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) made the rounds on social media.
“If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right? Guess again,” Reid said. “If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services that this society provides, and that’s a lot of services.”