Illegal Immigration, the 14th Amendment and the Republican Party

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Anyone born in the US is a citizen of the United States, even if the parents are illegal immigrants. That's the way the 14th Amendment has been applied. Now some Republicans want to amend the amendment, while some say the children of illegals could be factored out by an act of Congress. But other Republicans, including aides to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, say "birthright citizenship" is a proud legacy of the GOP and unique to America. The 14th Amendment gave equal rights to blacks. Is the current dispute about race?  Will it play a role in November's elections?

 

Credits

Guests:
Ernest Istook - former Congressman (R-OK), Victor Goode - Associate Professor of Law, CUNY Law School, Jonathan Allen - Sidewire / Roll Call - @jonallendc, Demetrios Papademetriou - Migration Policy Institute - @MigrationPolicy

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner