Happy Halloween, Philly! I don't know about you, but if I don't see at least one Gritty costume today, I'm going to be disappointed. Our top stories today have President Trump at their center. He made a visit to Pittsburgh yesterday to mourn the victims and meet with the wounded from Saturday's synagogue shooting. He also made waves yesterday with an announcement that he wants to end birthright citizenship, a right enshrined in the Constitution. You can expect much more to come on that front.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn, morningnewsletter@philly.com)

Rugby is a family affair for the Mailatas. Jordan (second from left) poses with his brothers in 2016 while the crew was playing for a local rugby club. From left to right: Daniel, Jordan, Moana and Oshan, a family friend. Also featured is Jordan’s niece, Eraia.
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Rugby is a family affair for the Mailatas. Jordan (second from left) poses with his brothers in 2016 while the crew was playing for a local rugby club. From left to right: Daniel, Jordan, Moana and Oshan, a family friend. Also featured is Jordan’s niece, Eraia.

How did a 6-foot-7, 300-plus-pound rugby player from Australia who had never really played football before end up on the Eagles' roster readying for a bright future as an offensive tackle?

Reporter Mike Jensen went straight to the source to find out: to Sydney, to talk to Jordan Mailata's rugby-loving family.

Meanwhile, his new team is making big moves back home: ahead of the trade deadline, the Eagles bolstered their offense with Lions wide receiver Golden Tate.

On Tuesday, President Trump revealed via an interview with Axios that he intends to sign an executive order ending the right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to non-citizens and undocumented immigrants.

The consensus from legal experts is that Trump doesn't have the power to fulfill that promise, as the birthright to citizenship is enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Regardless, the plans have struck fear in many Americans while some suggest the announcement is one attempt to rile up Trump's base ahead of contentious midterm elections.

President Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, visited Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue Tuesday to pay their respects. They continued on to a local hospital to visit wounded victims of Saturday's shooting.

Yesterday, mourners also joined services for three of the 11 worshippers killed Saturday at Tree of Life in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Services were held for Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood, and brothers Cecil, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54, of Squirrel Hill.

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