Alberto Gonzales, who became the country's first Hispanic Attorney General under former President George W. Bush, is admonishing his fellow GOPers for calls to scrap the birthright citizenship provision of the 14th Amendment.
In a Washington Post op-ed, which will run in the paper Sunday, Gonzales argues "a constitutional amendment will not solve our immigration crisis."
Gonzales also references his "apolitical and saintly 78-year-old mother" who he says openly "wonders whether the Democrats are keeping this issue on the table for political reasons, hoping that Republicans will propose enforcement measures that alienate Hispanic voters."
The former AG also accuses Republicans and Democrats of lacking the will to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The 14th Amendment became a hot topic on the midterm campaign trail after Republican leaders in Washington called for hearings to look at possible ways to change it. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) all backed that call.