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Mark Levin: ‘Nobody Really Knows How Birthright Citizenship Was Instituted’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | October 31, 2018 | 11:51 AM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday, host Mark Levin called out Speaker Paul Ryan and the liberal media, saying, “

“Nobody really knows how birthright citizenship was instituted,” said Mark Levin. “We’ve investigated this.  It started in the ’60s. Bureaucratically, the old INS started to interpret it that way, as the bureaucracy does this all the time. There’s been no law passed that conveys birthright citizenship onto illegal aliens. There’s been no Supreme Court decision that definitively confers birthright citizenship onto illegal alien children.”

Mark Levin’s comments came after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made a statement regarding President Donald Trump’s consideration of an executive order to instruct federal agencies how to deal with the issue of birthright citizenship, Speaker Ryan suggesting that using an executive order in this instance is not in keeping with a proper interpretation of the “Constitution as it’s written.” Levin also challenged Speaker Ryan for his remarks on birthright citizenship in a Note on Facebook.

Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show Tuesday:

Mark Levin: “Let’s talk about birthright citizenship, and then we’ll get in to all the rest of it.

“Paul Ryan said something today that I thought was quite interesting, being the constitutional scholar that he is. And here’s what he said about birthright citizenship and the president.

“By the way, the president didn’t bring it up.

“I heard one of the miscreants on cable say the president brings this stuff up to divide the nation. First of all, he was asked about it. He didn’t bring it up. Secondly, it’s not about dividing the nation. It’s about upholding the Constitution, okay?

“Nobody really knows how birthright citizenship was instituted. We’ve investigated this.  It started in the ’60s. Bureaucratically, the old INS started to interpret it that way, as the bureaucracy does this all the time. There’s been no law passed that conveys birthright citizenship onto illegal aliens. There’s been no Supreme Court decision that definitively confers birthright citizenship onto illegal alien children.

“Nobody’s 100 percent certain how this came to be, but everybody seems to be 100 percent certain that the president can’t fix it.

“So the executive branch unilaterally somehow, somewhere in the bureaucracy decided to interpret this as it’s being interpreted today – nobody knows exactly who, exactly what office, but there it is.

“And so when the president is asked about it, and says, ‘How did you find out about this? Yeah, we’re working on an executive order.’ ‘No, you can’t change the Constitution by executive order.’ Well, does the Constitution confer birthright citizenship on the children of illegal aliens?

“Of course, it doesn’t, which I’ll explain in a minute.

“But here’s the current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who is silent for months, but now he feels compelled to speak out.

“Go ahead.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: “Well, you obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order. We didn’t like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action, and obviously as conservatives, you know, we believe in the Constitution. You know, as a conservative, I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution, and I think, in this case, the 14th Amendment’s pretty clear. And that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process.”

Levin: “The ignorance on this subject, like so many others, is unbelievable. This is the Speaker of the House, who cares not one whit about the history of the 14th  Amendment, not one whit.

“You have so-called experts, constitutional experts, professors, former trial judges in New Jersey who say the same exact thing – ignorant beyond belief, illiterate when they come to the 14th Amendment.”

Editor’s Note: For further explanation on the issue of birthright citizenship, Levin commented on birthright citizenship before back in 2015, noting then that it is “completely false” that children born to illegals have a constitutional right to citizenship.”

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