Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., may introduce a constitutional amendment so that illegal immigrants’ children who are born in the United States no longer automatically become citizens.
Any child born in the United States is now entitled to citizenship under the 14th amendment.
But Graham doesn’t think that privilege should be extended to children of the 12 million illegal immigrants living here.
“I'm a practical guy, but when you go forward, I don't want 20 million more 20 years from now,” he told Fox News.
“I want to be fair. I want to be humane. We need immigration policy, but it should be on our terms, not someone else's.”
So he’s ready to introduce a constitutional amendment to change the rule.
“Birthright citizenship I think is a mistake, that we should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally, and you have a child, that child's automatically not a citizen.”
Some immigrants are taking advantage of the current rule, coming here simply to have children, Graham says.
“It's called ‘drop and leave,’" he said.
“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.”
The immigrant debate has taken on added urgency now that a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the strongest sections of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.
Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vowed to fight the decision. A recent CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that 55 percent of Americans support the Arizona law.
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