Examining The 14th Amendment: Part of the GOP's Immigration Agenda?

After other prominent Republicans suggested repealing the 14th amendment--which gives citizenship rights to children born in the United States--Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he's on board with examining it. Under Republican Chairman Lamar Smith, the House Judiciary Committee endorsed rolling back the 14th amendment in the 1990s, and Sen. John Cornyn Sen. Jon Kyl said in an interview on Sunday that he thinks it's time to stop giving citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl have has made a similar call. But McConnell's endorsement for hearings signals that the GOP leadership wants to spend time on the issue. McConnell tell The Hill:


In an interview, McConnell said the 14th Amendment provision should be reconsidered in light of the country's immigration problem.

McConnell stopped short of echoing Graham's call for repeal of the amendment.

"I think we ought to take a look at it -- hold hearings, listen to the experts on it," McConnell said. "I haven't made a final decision about it, but that's something that we clearly need to look at. Regardless of how you feel about the various aspects of immigration reform, I don't think anybody thinks that's something they're comfortable with."

Read the full story at The Hill.
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis. The only problem? He has to prove it works.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Politics

Just In