If you thought that Arizona's anti illegal-immigration push would be deterred by
embarrassing sports stunts
, and the threat of federal
, you were wrong. State lawmakers have proposed a law
that would deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
Skeptics of his proposal, which targets what its proponents call "anchor
babies," have pointed out that the 14th Amendment states, "All persons
born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State
wherein they reside." Here's what people are saying about this latest
round in Arizona's fight against illegal immigration.
Blocks Way of Law Politico's Andy Barr writes, "Critics of the bill that
Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce is weighing say it would fly in
the face of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants
citizenship to anyone born in the U.S. ... Previous efforts to get
around the citizenship provisions in the amendment, including one in the
late 19th century challenging the citizenship of the children of
Chinese immigrants, have been unsuccessful."
- 'Slippery Slope'
Slide From Initial Immigration Law Outside the Beltway's Doug Mataconis writes, "For
those of us who viewed the Arizona law as dangerous not just because of
its content, but because of the slippery slope it represented, this
would seem to stand as confirmation that we were right."
GOP Defends CNN's Ethan Harp reports, "John
Kavanagh, a Republican state representative from Arizona who supports
the proposed law aimed at so-called 'anchor babies,' said that the
concept does not conflict with the U.S. Constitution. 'If you go back to
the original intent of the drafters ... it was never intended to bestow
citizenship upon aliens.' ... Arizona Republicans are expected to
introduce the legislation this fall." State Senator Russell Pearce
tells Politico, "This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and
have children to gain access to the great welfare state we’ve created."
Is Why We Don't Legislate by Polling Liberal blogger Digby fumes, "After all, if you'd have polled the country
before they passed the 14th
amendment, I have no doubt that 76% of racist confederates were against
it, along with a bunch of other ignorant fools who have no idea what
they are saying, just as they are today."
- Immigration Reform's
New Poster Child The Daily Beast's Terry Greene Sterling
finds Katherine Figueroa, a ten-year-old child of illegal
immigrations who would lose her citizenship and be deported if the law
passes. "Ever since June 2009, when her parents were arrested for
toiling illegally in a Phoenix car wash and paraded with zip-tied wrists
in front of TV news cameras by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s
deputies, 10-year-old Katherine Figueroa has been a poster child for the
Arizona pro-immigrant movement."
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