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Pence: SCOTUS Never Ruled on Birthright Citizenship for Illegals


By    |   Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:31 PM

Vice President Mike Pence touted President Donald Trump's plan to reconsider birthright citizenship and said the issue has not been tested before the Supreme Court.

His comments came Tuesday during an interview with Politico's Playbook. The interview was broadcast on C-SPAN.

"One of the things the president articulated on the campaign trail two years ago is that we want to look in the broadest way possible at American law that may be used as a magnet to draw people into our country," he said.

"There are things that human traffickers actually use to entice vulnerable families to make the long and dangerous trip . . . often at great risk to themselves. And, frankly, 'birthright citizenship' is a part of that. But I think the president has made clear is that we're looking at action that would reconsider birthright citizenship.

"We all know what the 14th Amendment says. We all cherish the language of the 14th Amendment. But the Supreme Court has never ruled whether or not the language of the 14th Amendment, subject to the jurisdiction thereof, applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally. The president is looking at executive action.

"But our broad objective is we need to fix a broken immigration system that is being used by people who literally are exploiting vulnerable people."

Pence's comments came as Trump declared he wants to order an end to the "ridiculous" constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the U.S. to non-citizens.

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