COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – Just hours after President Donald Trump appeared on video saying he wanted to issue an executive order to end the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens, Senator Lindsey Graham follows suit.
Graham on Tuesday said the policy – as it is – was absurd and praised the president for taking a stand on birthright citizenship.
“The United States is one of two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth. This policy is a magnet for illegal immigration, out of the mainstream of the developed world, and needs to come to an end,” said Graham on Twitter.
The president’s comments to “Axios on HBO” come amid a renewed push for hard line immigration policies before the midterm elections, according to the Associated Press.
“I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform – and at the same time – the elimination of birthright citizenship,” Graham said.
Graham went on to say he plans to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from the president.
Details of that proposed legislation remains to be seen.
According to the AP, revoking birthright citizenship would spark a court fight over the president’s unilateral ability to change an amendment to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees that right for children born in the U.S.
When asked about the legality of such an executive order, Trump said “they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”
Trump says White House lawyers are reviewing his proposal. It’s unclear how quickly he’d act on an executive order.