Mitch McConnell Wants to 'Review' 14th Amendment

That pesky part about birthright citizenship
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2010 6:36 AM CDT
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures while speaking to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Mitch McConnell thinks Congress “ought to take a look” at changing the 14th Amendment so that it does not grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. That puts McConnell right in line with a growing Republican push on the issue, alongside Jon Kyl and Lindsey Graham, the Hill reports. “I think we ought to take a look at it—hold hearings, listen to the experts,” the Senate majority leader said, “We clearly need to look at it.”

Kyl also raised the possibility of hearings during a TV interview on Sunday, but it’s unclear if that will happen; Democrats set the hearing schedule. Graham went farther last week, telling Fox News, “We should change our constitution. … Birthright citizenship is a mistake.” In the House, Lamar Smith, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, has introduced legislation to deny citizenship to the children. The measure already has 93 co-sponsors. (Read more Mitch McConnell stories.)

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