TPM: “Feingold Says No To Amending The Constitution To Deal With Illegal Immigration”

Just up on Talking Points Memo, a story that highlights the fact that Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold and his position on the recent mob-wisdom that would be repealing the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

If Republicans seriously want to amend the Constitution to do away with birthright citizenship, they’re right about one thing: the first place to start is with Congressional hearings. Today, in a statement to TPMDC, the senator who would chair those hearings says that’s not gonna happen.

“We can and should address the problem of illegal immigration head-on without amending the Constitution,” says Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI). “The way to do that is to pass bipartisan comprehensive legislation improving border security, protecting American jobs and addressing those currently in the country illegally. It is past time for Congress to resume the bipartisan effort that was started by President Bush and enact meaningful federal immigration reform.”

So unless the Republicans succeed in taking the Senate in November, it ain’t gunna happen. And even then, it takes a little more than that to repeal an amendment.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.