Arizona Pushing for Legislation to Deny Babies Citizenship

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A few months ago, we told you about a U.S. rep from San Diego who supported a ban that would keep natural-born U.S. children from receiving citizenship if their parents were undocumented. We figured this idea wouldn't, or couldn't, go very far considering the fact that the fourteenth amendment of the constitution protects that basic right for all citizens born on U.S. soil, but it looks like the push is gaining momentum in some political circles.

In Arizona, the legislator has been emboldened by limited public surveys which indicate that their constituents approve of the direction the state is headed in terms of immigration. So state Republicans plan on introducing a bill that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens. The law is the brainchild of Russell Pearce, the same man who orchestrated Senate Bill 1070—new legislation that essentially legalizes racial profiling throughout the state.

As it stands the fourteenth amendment reads: "All persons, born or naturalized in the United States, 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." But Pearce believes the amendment is being used as a tool for illegal immigrants, "They use it as a wedge," Pearce tells Time magazine. "This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we've created."

For more on SB 1070, Arizona, the latest on the immigration crisis and tips on how you can get involved in the debate, visit Latina.com's Call to Action page here.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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