GOPers Kyl, Graham Seek to Change Citizenship Clause of 14th Amendment

August 2, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Bigotry, nativism, xenophobia and fear-mongering have taken over much of our national discourse on illegal immigration. This past week, Republican Sens. Kyl (AZ) and Graham (SC) called for changing the section of the 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to all those born in the United States. Both Kyl and Graham, together with a growing number of conservatives, want to deny U.S. citizenship to the children born here, having parents in the country illegally. Such children have derisively been referred to as “anchor babies.” But Graham has his own special term: “drop and leave,” wherein pregnant woman cross the border illegally to “drop a child” in America. Kyl believes “drop and leave” is such a menace to America, that he’s calling for Congressional hearings, asking “…should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?”

Sen. Kyl made his remarks, during an interview yesterday with CBS’s Harry Smith on “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?” Kyl said he suggested to Graham that Congress hold hearings, “and hear first from the constitutional experts to at least tell us what the state of the law on that proposition is.”‘

Kyl also defended Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law SB 1070, by fear-mongering over false claims that illegal immigrants have caused crime rates to rise in Phoenix, disingenuously calling the city the “kidnapping capital of the United States.”

Graham voiced support for repealing the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment, during an appearance on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, wherein he railed against illegal immigrants:

“Birthright citizenship I think is a mistake … We should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally and you have a child, that child’s automatically not a citizen,” said Graham. […]

“People come here to have babies,” he said. “They come here to drop a child. It’s called “drop and leave.” 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.”

Instead of supporting a much-needed reform of our country’s immigration policies that includes a path to citizenship, Republican leaders are instead, reverting to bigotry and fear-mongering.


2 Responses to “GOPers Kyl, Graham Seek to Change Citizenship Clause of 14th Amendment”

  1. majii on August 2nd, 2010 4:19 pm

    According to Media Matters, the Supreme Court has already upheld this clause in the 14th Amendment. I don’t understand why these two are ginning up fear on this issue. Could it be that they see newborns as a threat to them in some way?

    We should expect more than this level of competence from all of our members of Congress. Graham is/was a military lawyer, so it would seem that he knows SOMETHING about the Constitution. I follow politics in SC, and I think this is Graham’s attempt at mitigating the anger of the tea partiers.

  2. Old Man Dotes on August 2nd, 2010 4:48 pm

    Jon Kyl was not born in Arizona, and by his own logic, should not be permitted to hold public office as a representative of that State.

    I should very much like to see proof that the grandparents (or if appropriate, great-grandparents) of both Kyl and Graham entered this country legally. Did they have permission of the legal owners of the continent – the native Americans who were displaced by force of arms?

    There’s a special place in Hell for hypocrites like Kyl and Graham. I would like them to go there immediately.

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