August 8th, 2010
02:59 PM ET
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Boehner: Changing 14th Amendment 'worth considering'

'A lot of them came here just so their children could become U.S. citizens,' House Minority Leader John Boehner said of undocumented immigrants in a television interview Sunday.
'A lot of them came here just so their children could become U.S. citizens,' House Minority Leader John Boehner said of undocumented immigrants in a television interview Sunday.

Washington (CNN) - Changing the Constitution's guarantee of U.S. citizenship for anyone born in the United States is "worth considering" if it helps reduce illegal immigration, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives said Sunday.

"It's a serious problem that affects our country, and in certain parts of our country clearly our schools, our hospitals are being overrun by illegal immigrants. A lot of them came here just so their children could become U.S. citizens.

They should do it the legal way," House Minority Leader John Boehner told NBC's "Meet the Press."

The Ohio congressman, who could become speaker of the House if Republicans win back control of the chamber in November, is the latest GOP leader to float the idea of changing the 14th Amendment. Several leading GOP senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 2008 presidential nominee John McCain, have said they would support holding hearings into the matter as part of the heated debate over immigration.

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  1. domincanmamaforuhbama

    And forcing me to have health insurance is ok. Nothing in the Constitution grants Congress the power to force every American to purchase a particular consumer good. Since Boehner only suggested it is something to look into, he is not advocating changing the Amendment. The current administration, however, is the one changing the Constitution.

    August 8, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Progressive from Texas

    It galls me to agree with something this slimy weasel proposes – but this might be a good idea. When the Constitution was written this country was unpopulated. Today, the inn is full. Still, I am glad the 14th wasn't changed when my grandfather immigrated from Poland. My mom might have been illegal. I guess Boehner's ancestors must have been Native Americans...

    This is at least a solution for something rather than the typical road block the GOP has used since they lost power. Too bad these solutions were so uncommon during the previous years when the Republicans were in control. We will be so hosed if these criminals get back in power.

    August 8, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. harold

    And I thought you Republicans really liked the USA Constitution... Where have you been all these years Mr. Boehner?

    August 8, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Robin in SC

    I generally have a very left sided view of issues, but I don't think this right side "idea" is all that bad. When the Constitution was written, our wise and forward-thinking forefathers wanted this country to grow and become stronger and the only way for this to happen was through immigration and citizenship to increase the population. Their plan worked wonderfully! We must find common ground as to ways to solve the problem of illegal immigration and the myriad of social, economic and other problems to which it contributes. Changing the amendment offers a more long-term solution and I believe is worth consideration, though I don't believe it will have enough impact on its own in reducing the number of illegals already here. As for being "arrogrant enough" to change the Constitution, I believe several Congresses throughout history have made Constituional changes via the amendment process in recognition of the change in our country's makeup and the will of the people. Anyone remember prohibition? Sufferage?

    August 8, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Independent One

    These politician are really really really stupid

    August 8, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Pandering garbage from the GOP as usual. They know for a fact they will never get 2/3 of the states to amend the Constitution but use it as a way to angry up the base. See also Flag Burning, Prohibition of.

    August 8, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Hendrik

    Election year, election year, election year. Nothing to add.

    August 8, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Misfit

    Here we are in a time of crisis and fear, thinking that the solution may be to change a provision of the Constitution written in one of our most noble and dignified moments. Just goes to show how far the Tea Party/GOP agenda is from our finest moments as a people of freedom and compassion.

    August 8, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. steven harnack

    " a lot of them come here........" Yeah, you can see hordes of pregnant women trekking across the 120 degree desert to the first hospital they can find. Just when you think Republicans can't get any lower or more idiotic they manage to lower the bar even further.

    August 8, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. NE Wisconsin Boy

    In the article, Boehner says he's no expert on this constitution thing. No kidding.

    August 8, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. RK

    I wonder how many of you people would be citizens if the 14th amendment didn't exist.

    August 8, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Hugo

    "It's a serious problem that affects our country, and in certain parts of our country clearly our schools, our hospitals are being overrun by illegal immigrants. A lot of them came here just so their children could become U.S. citizens.
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    Over 100 billion a year of OUR tax dollars. That would sure pay for a lot of unemployment benefits and healthcare premiums now wouldn't it. I say boot them ALL to the curb with a bill for the costs to our citizenry sent directly to the Mexican Government. They need to fix their own country if they don't like it, all they are doing is using the services and spending the tax dollars that what we have worked for to take care of our own people!

    August 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Phil Muse

    As little as I like Boehner and his ilk, I agree that the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants should NOT automatically be considered citizens. the Founding Fathers never envisioned that interpretation. Recognizing that fact might be a wedge that would persuade Republicans to quit stalling and engage in real bi-partisan immigration reform. The longer we delay, the worse the sitation gets.

    August 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Rachael

    You Republicans had 8 years to do something about immigration and you FAILED to do anything.......now you want to change the Constitution? Isn't this what you have been telling the American people to be afraid of Obama because he was going to do away with our Constitution? Now you GOP'ers are the ones wanting to change it.....and what will you change after that......These idiots are the ones to be afraid off.....not Obama and the Democrats.......maybe we should also do away with the Right to Bear Arms.....after all our Forefathers didn't see how this country would be over run with Automatic weapons and kids killing our kids in schools and on the streets......so if you want to start changing the Constitution then there are lots of things that need to be changed......The Republicans are the ones that are going to take away your Rights.....so don't vote for them

    August 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. D. Bunker

    The orangeman is right about one thing: He's definitely not an expert on the Constitution. This attack on the 14th amendment is despicable, as it would not only affect immigrants; it would also affect any minority seeking to have their rights protected. Typical class warfare from the GOBPbaggers.

    August 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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