House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has indicated that it is "worth considering" modifying the 14th amendment so that children born to illegal immigrants are no longer guaranteed United States citizenship.
Boehner joins Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) in supporting the idea of debating the change, which they believe will discourage illegal immigrants from crossing the border, CNN reports.
"To provide an incentive for illegal immigrants to come here so that their children can be U.S. citizens does, in fact, draw more people to our country," Boehner said on NBC‘s Meet the Press.
"I do think that it’s time for us to secure our borders and enforce the law and allow this conversation about the 14th Amendment to continue," he added.
While Boehner noted that he is not an "expert" on the issue, he encouraged Congress to consider debating whether it is worth amending the Constitution, which would involve a laborious process that would necessitate state-by-state voting, Newsmax reports.
Most political pundits believe the GOP has little chance of initiating a repeal of the 14th amendment as it would require a two-thirds majority vote in Congress.