Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis on Tuesday called birthright citizenship, which is enshrined in the Constitution, “a questionable policy that leads to more illegal immigration” and “almost an enticement.”
But, asked about President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate birthright citizenship with an executive order, DeSantis acknowledged that “there’s a question” about whether Trump could legally do so.
“The idea that if somebody comes illegally and that the child is automatically a U.S. citizen, that’s a questionable policy that leads to more illegal immigration,” DeSantis told Fox News’ Charles Payne.
“It’s almost an enticement,” he continued. “I don’t think that that’s good policy.”
“At the same time, the way that courts have ruled on it, I think there’s a question about, can you do an executive order, can you do legislation, do you need an amendment? I think that will be something that we will have to look at if he does come out with something.”