Arizona GOP targets children born to undocumented immigrants

Published on People’s World, by Pepe Lozano, June 15, 2010.

Arizona Republicans say they plan to introduce new legislation this fall that, if passed, would block the children of undocumented immigrants from becoming citizens if they were born in the United States.

Arizona is already facing a national boycott by other U.S. states and cities following its introduction of a controversial law, S.B. 1070, signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in April. That law requires police to determine a person’s immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are undocumented.

Both measures are the brainchild of state Sen. Russell Pearce who argues that children born on American soil to non-U.S. citizens should be barred from attaining birth certificates … //  

… Ratified in the aftermath of the Civil War in 1868, the amendment reads, “All persons, born or naturalized in the United Sates, 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.”

The amendment was drafted in order to secure the citizenship and Constitutional rights of freed slaves and their children.

Previous efforts, including one in the late 19th century challenging the citizenship of the children of Chinese immigrants, have been unsuccessful.

The right of Arizona to attempt to deny U.S. citizenship could ultimately end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It’s blatantly unconstitutional,” said Sinema to the Daily Caller. Sinema, who was a constitutional lawyer before her election to the Arizona House says Pearce’s new proposal won’t pass muster and it’s in direct violation of the 1868 amendment.

“There’s no way this would ever go into effect, and he knows it,” she said. (full text).

Link – see also: Young Latino voters, an emerging giant, by Elena Mora, June 15, 2010.

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