Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Birthright bills run into trouble

Opponents to SB1309, which aims to deny citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants, protested the bill at the state Capitol Monday while the Senate Judiciary Committee debated it. Backers of proposals that aim to ultimately deny U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants suffered a setback on Monday when the chairman of the Arizona Senate committee that tackled the bills concluded he did not have the votes to approve them.

Sen. Ron Gould, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held the two measures after three hours of testimony by proponents and critics surrounding the legal complexities of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the intricacies of today’s immigration system.

But critics of the legislation would be mistaken to celebrate. No bills are ever dead until the end of session.

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