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Friday January 28, 2011

Arizona Lawmakers Go After 14th Amendment, Children of Undocumented

Arizona Lawmakers Go After 14th Amendment, Children of Undocumented

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Always in the middle of the immigration controversy, Arizona lawmakers are now taking issue with the 14th Amendment proposing a bill that confronts the issue of citizenship for the U.S.-born children of undocumented parents.

Thursday’s proposal was filed by Republican State Rep. John Kavanagh who said the goal is not to attempt to get every state to enact such a law, but to bring any lawsuits filed to stop it to the courts. By doing this, the Arizona lawmakers are hoping to reduce the cost associated with birthright citizenship.

Kavanagh stated that “the result of [birthright citizenship] is they immediately acquire the right to full benefits from welfare to cheese, which increases the costs to the states, and beyond that, it’s irresponsible and foolish to bestow citizenship based upon one’s GPS location at birth.”

Last week, Indiana’s state lawmakers filed a similar proposal, making Arizona’s the second of the year to go after the 14th Amendment.

While supporters say children born to undocumented parents are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of this country so hold no allegiance to the U.S., opponents say the proposal will not hold up court and will not make any kind of lasting impact on immigration issues, and add that the proposal is simply mean-spirited.