McConnell explains what he'd like to see from 14th Amendment hearings

08/09/2010 11:59 AM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, said he doesn’t believe the 14th Amendment should be repealed but that Congress should explore the “burgeoning business” of giving tourist visas to pregnant women from other countries who will have their children in the United States.

A growing number of national Republican leaders have raised the issue of holding congressional hearings to explore the issue of exploitation of 14th Amendment, which says that those born in the United States are citizens.

McConnell was among those quoted last week by The Hill saying that Congress “ought to take a look” at the amendment.

But he was more specific when talking to cn|2 Politics over the weekend about what he’d like to see Congress explore when it comes to those issues which are tied into the immigration debate. Here’s what he said:

An issue regarding the 14th Amendment popped up earlier this summer in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race when Republican candidate Rand Paul said he opposed automatic citizenship for babies born in the United States to illegal immigrants.

- Ryan Alessi


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