No, He Cannot Do That …

“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 for 85 years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

That was what Donald Trump said in an interview with Axios that will be aired this weekend.  Out of the gate, it is a lie, for a large number of countries have similar policies, including our closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico.  Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to non-citizens.  That right, by the way, is protected by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

WHY???  You tell me … is a newborn baby, weighing on average 7 pounds, a rapist, a terrorist, out to murder and pillage, out to take the jobs that most U.S. citizens don’t want anyway?  Is he a threat to our lives or our economy?  No.  Trump speaks of that child born a U.S. citizen as if she will be naught but a drain on the nation’s resources for some 85 years, and yet … she will grow, she will learn, she may someday become the scientist that finds a cure for cancer, or who discovers a way to neutralize CO2 so that it no longer makes our planet uninhabitable.  Or just think … he may grow up to be the brave soul who rescues 100 people from a burning high-rise or stops a gunman from killing 60 people in a mosque.  He may be the teacher who teaches our children to be kinder, gentler people.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.”

Guess what, Donnie – yes, you do.

He claims that after talking to his “legal counsel”, he believes he can achieve what he wants via executive order.  Would that be Rudy Giuliani, or one of his other paid lackeys, none of whom are Constitutional Law scholars?

Trump’s use of the executive order has bordered on the unconstitutional a few times, but this would be a blatant abuse of his power and would not fare well in the courts.  Even conservative-leaning justices on the Supreme Court, with the possible exception of Trump’s lackey Kavanaugh, would take umbrage with this blatant abuse of power.

Article V of the United States Constitution reads:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

In short, an amendment to the Constitution requires a 2/3 majority of both the House and the Senate … or … a Constitutional Convention whereby 3/4 of the state legislatures (38 states) approve the measure.

Think about this for a minute.  If Trump could simply sign an executive order to deny citizenship to children born in the U.S., what else might he be able to do?  Senator Tim Kaine said …

“The U.S. presidency is not a dictatorship. Patriotic Americans must rally to defeat the President’s unprecedented attempt to rewrite the Constitution on his own.”

He’s right.  The presidency is not a dictatorship, but … if Trump is allowed to get away with this latest plan, it will surely be on the path to becoming one.  What would be next?  Well, let’s see … he has repeatedly vilified the press … so, might he sign an executive order stifling the freedom of the press?  A mandate that every household must have at least one firearm?  A law that calls for schools to be racially segregated?  A decree that only white males can vote? Think about it …

With his vow to end birthright citizenship, guaranteed under Amendment XIV, Trump is once again confirming his intention to stall or roll back the country’s evolving racial and ethnic mix.  His base applauds, for they are 99% white Christians who see their whiteness becoming blended, who see themselves one day being in the minority and fearing that they will be on the receiving end of the treatment they and their ancestors have given to minorities for centuries.

Greg Sargent, writing for The Washington Post, summed it up nicely

“Trump is moving to deny citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants, an obvious bid to further feed this climate of xenophobia and hate. This is the only play Trump and Republicans have left, now that their ideas on taxes and health care have been soundly rejected by voters. And, of course, the end goal of fomenting all this hysteria is to hold Congress, precisely in order to further their regressive, deeply unpopular agenda on both those fronts — and, naturally, to protect Trump from the accountability a Democratic Congress would bring.” 

No, he cannot do that … unless we let him …


23 thoughts on “No, He Cannot Do That …

  1. Dear Jill,

    I’m convinced that President Trump announced this plan to do away with the 14th amendment even after he was probably told by others that he was full of it. I loved it when Kelly Ann Conway went on the record backing her boss’s play only to be put down by her husband who’s an expert on constitutional law. he penned an op-ed piece for the Washington Post explaining why President Trump was lying.

    Personally, I’m convinced he was lying to pander to his base of voters. His desperation is showing.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I loved it too … George Conway was offered a position on Trump’s legal staff and turned it down. Since then, he has been critical of Trump several times. I cackled with glee when I read his OpEd piece in the Post yesterday. You have to wonder how their marriage can hold up under the circumstances.

      Yes, Trump is pulling out all the stops to rally his base, and perhaps in hopes of driving the democrats to do or say something stupid. I’m fairly certain that he is well aware he would have the fight of the century on his hands if he even tried to change the Constitution via executive order, but … it plays well among his fanatics. Sigh.


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    • I was thinking the same last week … why would anybody in their right mind want to come here? But, I suppose it is all relative and when you’re living in a nation where you are just as likely as not to get shot just going to the grocery, then I guess the U.S. doesn’t look so bad. Cheers!

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  2. Just read a post by someone who proudly stated that he’d voted and had not included a single Republican on the ticket. I truly believe the silent majority is sick of being silent. -fingers crossed-

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  3. One of the sad facts about many business men is they cannot accept an act of compassion , everything has to have a cost.
    There are about 11 million illegals in the USA and about 8 million have been there over a decade. Pia M. Orrenius is a Labour economist and an expert on the cost of immigration she seems to think overall immigrants confer an advantage on the country they settle in.
    Even if this was not true it would be an act of moral depravity to rob these people of their homes, and destroy their family security.

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    • Y’know … I never thought about it that way, but you are right … everything has a cost, and if the cost isn’t immediately apparent, there must be an ulterior motive.

      I would agree with Ms. Orrernius, for immigrants have much to offer, if we give them a chance. And the cultural diversity has value in and of itself. Some of the finest doctors I have known were immigrants, and if you look at Silicon Valley, I understand there is a large proportion of immigrants in the development of new processes, software, languages, etc. How boring would our diets be if we hadn’t opened our palates to the Latino and Middle-Eastern flavours?

      Yes, it would be moral depravity, cruelty and inhumane, but look who is at the helm of this ship … those are all nicknames he prides himself on.


    • No, he doesn’t have the whole Court … in this case, I believe Kavanaugh would be the only one who might decide to allow him to change the Constitution willy-nilly … the rest, be they conservative or liberal thinkers, still have respect for the Constitution. I’m pretty sure he would meet with a brick wall here.

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  4. It pains me to see Donnie Junk Truck driving your country into a racist, bigoted, religious oligarchy. The upcoming election might not be legai or honest, the last one should have been thrown out when the Russian influence was discovered. What comes next is up to you. I hope saner heads and hearts will prevail, but I for one am not holding my breath. Good luck to you, but luck is not a sure thing.

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    • If what came next were truly up to me, he would be wrapped in bubble wrap and dropped from a helicopter somewhere over the Antarctic. No, luck is not a sure thing, if it were … well, never mind. I am lately losing hope for sanity to overtake the craziness. If the mid-terms go as Trump is hoping next week, then this nation is lost.


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