Arizona Republicans To Target Children Of Illegal Immigrants
As we first reported in May, the primary authors of Arizona’s controversial immigration law are targeting what they refer to as “anchor babies”, not a very nice term for the children of illegal immigrants.
Arizona Republicans will likely introduce legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona – and thus American citizens according to the U.S. Constitution – to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens. The law largely is the brainchild of state Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican whose suburban district, Mesa, is considered the conservative bastion of the Phoenix political scene. He is a leading architect of the Arizona law that sparked outrage throughout the country: Senate Bill 1070, which allows law enforcement officers to ask about someone’s immigration status during a traffic stop, detainment or arrest if reasonable suspicion exists – things like poor English skills, acting nervous or avoiding eye contact during a traffic stop.
This is likely unconstitutional, as the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, enacted to allow the children of slaves to become United States citizens, reads: “…all persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”
Pearce believes the 14th Amendment has been “hijacked” by illegal immigrants, and isn’t worried about the constitutional issues his bil would raise, vowing, “We’ll write it right.” Pearce is also of the believe that illegal immigrants take advantage of our Constitution. “They use it as a wedge,” Pearce says. “This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we’ve created.”Click here for reuse options!
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