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Many On Right Eager To Amend Anew; Tea Party, Others Renew Calls For 'Constitutional Renaissance'

Publication Date: 
August 18, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Kathleen Hennessey

Dean Larry Kramer, author of The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review is quoted on constitutional law and the Tea Party political movement. Kathleen Hennessey filed this story with the Chicago Tribune:

When Republican leaders in Congress started talking about revisiting the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the United States, the discussion appeared to many to be election-season maneuvering.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he was hearing from constituents who wanted Republicans to take a tough stance against illegal immigration. House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell proposed a congressional hearing on the matter.


"The intellectual positions are not new. What's new is there's a nascent political movement willing to take these up contrary to settled law," said Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer, author of "The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review." "But one of the great things about constitutional law is nothing is ever settled."