14th Amendment takes center stage in immigration debate
Look for the national debate over immigration reform to get a lot more heated as we approach the November elections.
Kyl told “Face the Nation”:
“The 14th Amendment [has been] interpreted to provide that if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen no matter what,” Kyl said. “So the question is, if both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) has also suggested a constitutional amendment that would deny “birthright” citizenship.
The president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has called the idea “deplorable”:
“It’s an attempt to turn our back on 150 years of constitutional history and tradition. I think it’s contrary to the values of this country. I think it’s an assault on the recognition that ours is a country of immigrants and always has been. The 14th Amendment is very clear: Anyone who is born here, unless you are the child of a diplomat, is a United States citizen. That has led to great success. It’s part of what has made this nation the great nation that it is in 2010,” said Thomas Saenz.