"I plan to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from President", the South Carolina Republican said in a statement.
US Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday that Trump "was driving a false narrative on immigration" in many ways to stoke fear ahead of the November 6 vote. Guess what? You don't, you can definitely do it with an Act of Congress.
Former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy said Tuesday that President Trump is "right on the substance" when it comes to the 14th Amendment and potentially curbing birthright citizenship. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous".
There are several countries that have birthright citizenship: Brazil, Jamaica, Argentina, Canada, among others.
Under current policy, anyone born in the USA - regardless of whether they are delivered by a non-citizen or undocumented immigrant - is considered a citizen. "It'll happen ... with an executive order", the president emphasized. What's even scarier is that even if he decides to sign an "executive order", there is no branch of government to stop him.
The president has previously described birthright citizenship as a "magnet" for illegal immigration and the 14th Amendment as "questionable" in this context.
"What is very clear is you can't change this via executive fiat". Michael Anton, a former national security official in the Trump administration, recently argued in the Washington Post that Trump could, via executive order, "specify to federal agencies that the children of non-citizens are not citizens" simply because they were born on USA soil.
Pelosi was adamant. "The Democrats will carry the House, if we have a bigger victory, the Senate, governorships", she said.
"This is a blatantly unconstitutional attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms", the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted Tuesday.
It's unclear whether Graham means he will initiate the process for a constitutional amendment.