Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Arizona: Backers of birthright bills change strategy

PHOENIX -- Two birthright bills, aimed at blocking automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S., have been assigned to a different Arizona Senate committee in a change of strategy, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.

The bills were held without a vote Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee when it appeared they did not have the votes needed to move them on.

On Tuesday, they were sent to the Appropriations Committee, where they presumably have a better chance of passing, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.

Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican who chairs the Judiciary Committee, told the Capitol Times he did not know about the change until after it was made, but said he did not object.

As introduced, SB1309 creates and defines an "Arizona citizenship." The second measure, SB1308, will direct Arizona's governor to enter the state into a compact with other states to essentially create two sets of birth certificates, one for children whose parents are here illegally, and another for those whose parents are citizens or who are in the country legally.

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