The 14th Amendment, Illegal Immigration and the Republican Party

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South Carolina’s Republican Senator Lindsey Graham created a furor last month by saying that people come to this country “to have babies.”  He said, “it’s called drop and leave,” suggesting that families go home after their newborns have become citizens of the United States under the 14th Amendment. Republicans John McCain and Mitch McConnell have joined Graham’s call for hearings on amending the amendment.  Is the current dispute about race? Will it play a role in the November elections?




Warren Olney