House Minority Leader John Boehner on Sunday said he’s open to talks on changing the U.S. Constitution — or at least the way it’s interpreted — so that U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are not automatically U.S. citizens.
“I think it’s worth considering,” Boehner said.
The top House Republican joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in calling for further study of the idea — something that has been endorsed by prominent Republicans over the past few weeks. Though the call is already running into stiff opposition and faces extremely long odds of ever succeeding, some lawmakers say it would be a way to minimize the incentive for illegal immigration.
“There is a problem. To provide an incentive for illegal immigrants to come here so that their children can be U.S. citizens does, in fact, draw more people to our country,” Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I do think that it’s time for us to secure our borders and enforce the law and allow this conversation about the 14th Amendment to continue.”