While the president can’t unilaterally revise the Constitution and overturn Supreme Court precedent, he can still create an enormous mess by trying.
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President Trump’s latest broad assertion of his own power to disregard constitutional law will be an important test for the new or acting White House counsel.
Historically, national security benefited from demanding allegiance from anyone within our country's borders. That is one reason why key language in the Fourteenth Amendment was so narrowly crafted. And it is also why ending birthright citizenship will require a constitutional amendment or judicial abandonment of what that language meant when it was written.