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McCain, Coburn Support Review of 14th Amendment

Add Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to the list of Republican senators who have said they would support a review of birthright

Susan Murillo
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Aug 03, 2010

Add Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to the list of Republican senators who have said they would support a review of “birthright citizenship.”

There’s a growing chorus, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), saying that Congress should hold hearings on removing the Constitutional provision that grants automatic citizenship to anyone born in America. Talking Points Memo reports that when McCain and Coburn were asked whether they support that push, McCain said he supports “the idea of having hearings,” but brushed off questions about whether he would support an amendment. Coburn was more open, telling TPM: “I’m not sure I’m going to embrace it but might.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) also recently voiced support for hearings, while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to change the 14th Amendment.

Latino advocacy groups have pledged to fight this effort. Janet Murguía, president of National Council of La Raza, called the effort by mainstream Republicans “extremely troubling” during a conference call today:

We fully intend to push back on these efforts. I think it’s an affront to the Constitution. …To see this kind of a challenge should give us all pause to know that if we thought the court case in Arizona had resolved anything, we were very mistaken. …We are very concerned that people will let their guard down and believe that we won on that issue. But the fight is not over.

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