"The Supreme Court may be able to, but he cannot," says Sunny Hostin.
Donald Trump had everyone studying the Constitution on Tuesday morning -- including the women of "The View" -- after he announced plans to do away with the right to citizenship granted to children of non-U.S. citizens born in America.
In an interview with AXIOS airing on HBO Sunday, he called the idea of birthright citizenship "ridiculous," falsely stating that "we're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end."
"Nooooo. No president can do that. The Supreme Court may be able to, but he cannot," she said Tuesday morning.
"I think what is so scary to me is just the discussion of trying to repeal the 14th Amendment or change the 14th Amendment really harkens back to some of the darkest chapters of America's history," she continued.
The 14th Amendment was passed following the Civil War, granting citizenship to former slaves. Hostin explained how the Amendment also overturned the Dred Scott decision, which said black people -- whether free or slaves -- could never be citizens.
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"The good news about Donald Trump is that he only works 3 hours a day," Joy Behar also cracked. "Imagine if he worked more than that, the damage that he could do."
"Amending it would be a really big thing, in the past it has done things to abolish slavery, to give women the right to vote, it is extremely big deal to even put this out into the ether in one way or the other," said Meghan McCain.
McCain went on to say she hoped to see comprehensive immigration at this point of her life, wishing "both sides had actually come together and had some meeting in the middle" instead of having this huge divide.
"It wouldn't be one extreme where there's an image -- and this is a stereotype -- that people on the left want open borders and everyone to come in and don't care about national security and people on the right are heartless and don't want anyone to come in at all," she said. "I think most Americans are somewhere in the middle."
"Using this as a siren song as a way to make voters care about midterm elections, fear mongering, it's very effective," she added. "It's irrational, but it's very effective."
Behar blamed Trump for stirring up that divide, while McCain argued that it's been going on for some time.