So Congresswoman Virginia Foxx sends out her spokesman Aaron Groen yesterday, and Mr. Groen sez that The Madam is opposed -- opposed -- to amending the Constitution to eliminate the problem of "anchor babies," that is, the automatic granting of citizenship to babies of "illegals" born in the USA.
The Madam just went off the conservative and tea party reservation.
The big old movement among tea partiers and the most conservative Republicans is to amend the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to any human being born within its borders, and thus eliminate the whole issue of "anchor babies." Mr. Groen sez that The Madam prefers "a legislative fix," which would be H.R.1868, we reckon, written to limit "birthright citizenship" to those babies who have at least one parent who's a legal resident. How would such a law pass constitutional muster? It wouldn't. Amending the Constitution is the only way to achieve the purge that Foxx supporters -- and Foxx herself, on numerous occasions -- have called for. Foxx's most recent tele-townhall was chock-a-block full of anti-immigrant rhetoric, much of it coming from Foxx's supporters, all of which she readily agreed with.
So this is just political tacking in order to sound just slightly less mean than she actually is.