Via @CEOstroff and @AlexTDaugherty
President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship to children born in the U.S. to non-U.S. citizens, Trump told the online news website Axios.
The gambit, a plan that constitutional scholars say may not be feasible without changing the Constitution, comes seven days out from the midterm elections where current Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott is in a tight race against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson for a U.S. Senate seat.
When asked whether he supported Trump’s proposed end to birthright citizenship, Scott ignored the question and walked away from a Miami Herald reporter. The question was posed after Scott gave a press conference on Everglades restoration efforts near Everglades Safari Park.
Mara Gambineri, Scott’s deputy communications director, said the governor had already started walking away when the Herald’s question was posed and did not hear the question.
After publication Scott’s campaign released a statement from the governor: “I believe legal immigration makes us a better and stronger country, but illegal immigration does the opposite. I have not seen the details of what the president is suggesting and would need to fully review the proposal. While I’ve been clear that Florida is a great melting pot, America’s immigration system is broken and Congress — including Senator Nelson — has done nothing to fix the problem. My priorities continue to be securing the border and fixing the long-broken immigration system.”
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