Amend ≠ repeal

Jon Kyl (R-AZ) says we should consider amending the Constitution to withdraw birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants. CBS reported his remarks to say that Kyl called for repeal of the entire 14th Amendment:

Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., said today that Congress should hold hearings to look into denying citizenship to illegal aliens’ children born in the United States, as the fight over immigration widens into the explosive “birthright” issue.

Kyl told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he supports a call by fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to introduce a new amendment to repeal the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Sheesh. You would think that they would understand the difference between “repeal” and “amend”, since the 14th Amendment is, in fact, an amendment already.

CBS has since corrected its article. It still spells Kyl’s first name wrong though. (It’s Jon, not John.)

POSTSCRIPT: Although it has no bearing on the media failure aspect of this, I think such an amendment would probably not be a good idea.

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