Friday, March 18, 2011
Arizona lawmakers reject "birthright" immigration bills - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
Republican lawmakers in Arizona intended to put their state at the forefront of a national debate this year over "birthright" citizenship laws, but the state Senate on Thursday rejected a whole series of conservative immigration bills.
Some Republicans joined Democrats in opposition to a set of "birthright bills" that would have stripped citizenship for children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants, the Arizona Republic reports.
The Arizona bills were part of a coordinated effort among Republican lawmakers in a handful of states to push the "birthright" issue at the state level and force a Supreme Court challenge.
Even though the measures failed, Republican state Senate President Russell Pearce suggested he would eventually pass the bills, accoring to the Huffington Post.
"It took me a while on 1070, too," Pearce said. "I introduced it in '05, '06, '07, '08, '09 and 2010 before we had a governor that would sign it. And we've become the envy of this nation with 25 states writing legislation modeled after 1070."