[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/08/art.boehnerflag0808.gi.jpg caption="'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.