Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., made headlines over the weekend when he suggested to CBS’s Face the Nation that the Senate should hold hearings on the constitutionality of the Fourteenth Amendment, which has been interpreted to ensure that anyone born in the United States is automatically a citizen of this country.
“The question is, if both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?” he asked. Kyl proposed that constitutional experts should be consulted on the answer.
The Arizona lawmaker’s comments came on the heels of a call by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for the elimination of so-called “birthright citizenship” in order to eliminate what he said is a major incentive for non-citizens to enter the country illegally.
“They come here to have babies. They come here to drop a child – it’s called drop and leave,” Graham said on FOX News. “To have a child in America, they cross the border, they go to the emergency room, have a child, and that child’s automatically an American citizen. That shouldn’t be the case. That attracts people here for all the wrong reasons.”
Oh, that Senator Graham. Such an expert on the motivations of undocumented immigrants.
I love when conservatives use the Constitution to spread their hate and xenophobia.