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Iowa Senator Joni Ernst comments on recent executive moves with border security and birthright citizenship

Senator says that more discussion needs to take place before making move

Posted: Nov 2, 2018 9:02 PM

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - A lawmaker from Iowa is weighing in on the issues of birthright citizenship and border security.

This week, President Trump said in an interview that he would like to issue an executive order to do away with birthright citizenship for babies of non-citizens and illegal immigrants.

Birthright citizenship is outlined in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and says that all people born in the U.S. are automatically granted citizenship.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst made a stop in Charles City today as part of her 99 county tour. When asked about the President's plan, she says more discussion needs to happen.

"We do have to have those discussions on the legality of anything we do, how does that affect the Constitution. I think there's a lot more that we need to think about before we just say 'no more.'"

In addition, the President made an announcement on Thursday that he is planning to sign an order next week that could lead to large-scale detention of migrants expected to cross the Southern border, and could also bar anyone caught illegally from claiming asylum. Ernst says that the U.S. needs to protect its borders.

"We need to make sure that they are legally migrating into the United States. The President continues to work with Kirstjen Nielsen with Homeland Security, putting a plan in place making sure it's enforceable, it does have to be enforceable."

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