Photo: Russell Pearce
In an attempt to challenge “birthright citizenship”, Arizona’s Legislature, with support from at least a dozen other states, is drafting a new bill and that will entice much debate on the issue of immigration.
While the specifics of the proposal are unknown, examples of what Arizona’s incoming state Senate President Russell Pearce could be up to include refusing birth certificates to the children of unauthorized immigrants living in Arizona, or issue those children birth certificates that differ from those given to children of documented parents. Perhaps they could even deny these children Medicaid and other benefits.
The point of such a tactic could be to elicit lawsuits against to challenge the constitutionality of it, by doing so, the lawsuits would take the bill all the way up to the Supreme Court. In turn this would prompt the highest Court to reexamine the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment. According to the current amendment, all children born on U.S. soil are American citizens, no matter the parents’ immigration status.
The new bill’s supporters believe that by denying U.S. citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants, the incentive for them to “sneak” into the country are eliminated.