House Minority Leader John Boehner says he's open to the idea of changing the U.S. Constitution so that U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are not automatically U.S. citizens.
"I think it's worth considering," Boehner said.
Boehner joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday and other prominent Republicans in studying the idea of amending the Constitution to eliminate so-called “birthright citizenship.”
Though it faces long odds of succeeding – experts say the Constitution would have be amended through an arduous process of state-by-state conventions and votes – the idea has impressed some lawmakers who 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."
He continued: "In certain parts of our country, clearly our schools, our hospitals are being overrun by illegal immigrants -- a lot of whom came here just so their children could become U.S. citizens."
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