Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this morning he sees nothing wrong with hearings examining what he called the “burgeoning” and “unseemly” business of illegal immigrants coming to the United States to give birth for the purpose of the child being a natural-born U.S. citizen.
“What’s wrong with looking into this? The Washington Post did,” McConnell (R-KY) told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
He said the practice, as outlined in a Post story a few weeks ago, is “the kind of thing that irritates” the American people. Pushed to explain what outcome he expects from hearings, McConnell said he wasn’t sure what “remedy” would be presented. Still, it should be done, he said, adding : “Why don’t we take a look at it?”
McConnell’s remarks earlier this week that he would like Congress to hold hearings on the 14th Amendment have been echoed by several members of the GOP caucus. Some have even gone further and said birthright citizenship should not be allowed.
But McConnell said he was “not aware of anyone who’s come out for altering the 14th Amendment.”