McCain supports congressional hearings on birthright citizenship, Mike Huckabee approves
posted at 9:33 am on August 4, 2010 by Diane Suffern
And now for a scrupulously-worded statement from John McCain on reviewing the 14th amendment:
Congressional hearings are always warranted when member of Congress raise the issue of amending our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers intentionally made the process of amending our Constitution extremely difficult. I believe that the Constitution is a strong, complete and carefully crafted document that has successfully governed our nation for centuries and any proposal to amend the Constitution should receive extensive and thoughtful consideration. Immediate and full implementation of the McCain-Kyl 10-Point Border Security plan will assist in addressing concerns associated with this issue.
Politico reports that McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) are but two more Senators joining a growing number of other lawmakers intent on review, including Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ).
McCain’s judicious remarks are reasonable, right? Unless, of course, this is pure posturing—cautious maneuvering around a rather contentious issue during election season. BFF peer pressure, perhaps?
“I may introduce a constitutional amendment that changes the rules if you have a child here,” Graham said during an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “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.”
While I agree that the issue of birthright citizenship should be addressed to protect the legal immigration process from exploitation, this new hardline approach to immigration policy from two staunch supporters of amnesty certainly smacks of revisionism and political expediency. What else could possibly be compelling them to touch this particular issue which Congress has previously been reluctant to tackle? Wait…
Blast from the past:
Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate – a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.
Mr. Huckabee, who won last week’s Republican Iowa caucuses, promised Minuteman Project founder James Gilchrist that he would force a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge birthright citizenship, and would push Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to remove any doubt.
Let’s be honest: Huckabee’s the one pulling the strings around here, isn’t he?