Sunday, September 12, 2010

14th Amendment faces challenge from immigration hardliners

14th Amendment faces challenge from immigration hardliners

For years, Arizona lawmakers have targeted illegal immigrants. In their next session, legislators will focus on the children of illegal immigrants.

Two prominent lawmakers want to change the way those children are granted citizenship.

The pair plan to introduce legislation that targets the children, possibly by adding notation on their state birth certificates that would identify them as children of illegal immigrants.

Such legislation, the lawmakers hope, could trigger a review of the Supreme Court's interpretation of the 14th Amendment, which now grants citizenship to anyone born inside the U.S.

State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, sponsored Senate Bill 1070, the controversial immigration law that passed this spring.

The details of their new effort have not been made final, but the two say the coming legislative session is the right time to focus on citizenship and further slow the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States.

To make that happen, Kavanagh said he and Pearce are focusing on making a change in state law or procedure to spur lawsuits that would end up before the high court.

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