Lino A. Graglia, LLB, A.W. Walker Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in his testimony before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Apr. 29, 2015, available at, stated:

“It is difficult to imagine a more irrational and self-defeating legal system than one that makes unauthorized entry to this country a criminal offense and simultaneously provides perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry a grant of American citizenship. How can such a legal system have come to be and be permitted to continue?

In my opinion, a law ending birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens should and likely would survive constitutional challenge. The Constitution should not be interpreted to require an absurdity.”

Apr. 29, 2015