Senate Republicans—including a handful who are seriously considering presidential bids in 2016—could once again be forced to take a stand on immigration.
Just one week after Republican lawmakers abandoned their campaign to block funding for the Homeland Security Department unless Obama rolled back his executive actions on immigration, Sen. David Vitter is introducing an amendment on a human trafficking bill that would force senators to vote on whether they believe every baby born in the United States—even those born to undocumented immigrants—deserve to be United States citizens.
Vitter is reimagining the 14th Amendment. His bill would only give automatic citizenship to babies born in the U.S. if they have a parent who was in the military, is a lawful permanent resident, or is a U.S. citizen.
Sen. Rand Paul exemplifies the headache this is causing potential GOP candidates. He isn't exactly clear on where he stands on birthright citizenship—at least, where he stands today.
"I haven't seen it, but I'll look at it," Paul said of Vitter's amendment after leaving a Republican luncheon Thursday.
But Paul has not always been so unclear about his position on the underlying issue, or the amendment itself. In 2011, he cosponsored the amendment with Vitter. According to a press release at the time, Paul said "citizenship is a privilege, and only those who respect our immigration laws should be allowed to enjoy its benefits."