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."