Regional
5:38 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

White House Against Ending Birthright Citizenship

Washington, D.C. – The Obama administration says it's wrong to try to change the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to babies born in the United States.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she's surprised that Republican congressional leaders are joining a push to reconsider the 14th Amendment instead of working with Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform. Napolitano says that's "just wrong."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama agrees with Napolitano.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said he supports holding hearings to reconsider the citizenship rights of illegal immigrants' babies born in the U.S. But he emphasized that Washington should remain focused on border security.

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