Vulnerable Senate Dem open to legislation ending birthright citizenship

Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellySenate approves funding bill, preventing partial government shutdown Hatch warns Senate 'in crisis' in farewell speech Dem senators Heitkamp, Donnelly urge bipartisanship in farewell speeches MORE, the vulnerable Democratic candidate running for reelection in Indiana, said he was open to looking at legislation that would end birthright citizenship during a Tuesday debate.

"I’m the only person on this stage who voted three times for a border wall. I voted against sanctuary cities. I’ve stood for secure borders with John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump is right: Walls work on the southern border How news media omissions distort Russia probe narrative ... and shield Democrats Arizona city council halts work on mural honoring John McCain over ‘protocol’ concerns, neighbor complaints MORE when in 2013, we passed legislation that would have provided an additional 20,000 border agents to the border," he said when asked about birthright citizenship. 

"I heard you say that [Sen.] Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks Trump’s polls sag amid wall fight MORE [R-S.C.] is going to put legislation forward" to rescind the law, Donnelly continued. "We have to take a look at that legislation."

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"I’d want to see that legislation, make sure it was constitutional and review it first," he added.

Donnelly's Republican opponent Mike Braun also declined to commit his support to one side of the issue, but said that "if Lindsey Graham’s introducing it, it will be something I take a look at."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Freedom Caucus calls for Congress to work on shutdown through break Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Trump inaugural committee spent ,000 on makeup for aides: report MORE made his intentions to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship known in an interview aired Tuesday. Legal experts quickly almost unanimously said that such a move would be unconstitutional and challenged in court.

Following the debate, Donnelly commented on the issue to The Hill.

"At tonight’s debate, there was a question about birthright citizenship," Donnelly said in a statement. "The 14th Amendment is clear. What’s also clear is that our immigration system is broken. As I have done in the past, I will work with both parties to find a solution that secures our borders and fixes our broken immigration laws."

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMcConnell rebukes Steve King over white nationalist comments Congressional Black Caucus calls for Steve King to be removed from committees Grassley, Ernst condemn Steve King's 'white supremacist' comments MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday that changing birthright citizenship would take a constitutional amendment.

Recent polling of the Indiana Senate race has Braun with a slim lead within the margin of error ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Updated Wednesday at 8:18 a.m.