The state of Texas is home to 1.5 million undocumented immigrants with at least 60,000 babies added to their households annually. Parkland Memorial Hospital reports that last year approximately 74% of all deliveries were to non-citizen mothers.
Sen. John Coryn, R-Texas, called Wednesday for a review of “birthright citizenship,” after concluding that illegal immigrants are taking advantage of the post-Civil War constitutional provision. “We need to have hearings.” he said. “We need to consult constitutional scholars and study what the implications are.”
Changing the Constitution, however, is not as simple as getting a bill through Congress by majority vote. Amendments have to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. It has happened only 27 times in U.S. history, most recently in 1992 in reference to congressional pay increases.
Many see this as Republicans trying to limit the opportunities for Latino’s and an attempt to manipulate the demographic shift that has been underway for some 60 years.