Republicans have renewed the call to revise the 14th amendment of the constitution, which guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the United States. Though ratified 140 years ago and listed as one of the the party's greatest achievement on GOP.com, many Republican Senators, such as Lindsay Graham (S.C.), John Kyl (AZ) and John McCain (AZ) are reviving the debate surrounding birthright citizenship.
"People come here to have babies," Graham said in a recent interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "They come here to drop a child — it's called drop and leave. To have a child in America, they cross the border, they go to an emergency room, have a child and that child is automatically an American citizen. That shouldn't be the case — that attracts people here for all the wrong reasons."
Graham and the other senators are calling for hearings to determine whether a majority believes that changes to the 14th amendment are needed. They say there is a serious problem "anchor babies," or children of illegal immigrants who use the kids to petition for legal residency. Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center pointed out to NPR that repealing the citizenship clause would mark the first time in history that the Constitution would be amended to make it less egalitarian.