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PHOENIX (AP) — Lawmakers in at least 14 states are collaborating on proposed legislation to deny U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, according to lawmakers, including the sponsor of Arizona’s 2010 law targeting illegal immigration.

“We’re taking a leadership role on things that need to be fixed in America. We can’t get Congress to do it,” Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, of Mesa, said Tuesday. “It’s a national work group so that we have model legislation that we know will be successful, that meets the constitutional criteria.”

The efforts by the state legislators come amid calls to change the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. Supporters cite costs to taxpayers for services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the founder of a national group of legislators critical of illegal immigration, said the 14th Amendment “greatly incentives foreign invaders to violate our border and our laws.” He had a news conference Tuesday in Harrisburg, Pa., on the multistate endeavor.

The effort could run afoul of the language in the 14th Amendment and lead to a court battle over the constitutionality of the law. But Metcalfe said providing birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants is an “ongoing distortion and twisting” of the amendment.

Metcalfe’s office said lawmakers in at least 12 other states besides Arizona and Pennsylvania said they were making their own announcements about working on the citizenship legislation. Those other states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Legislators from a total of 41 states are involved in a Metcalfe-founded group concerned with immigration issues.

Pearce was the main sponsor of an Arizona law that would require police enforcing other laws to question people about their immigration status if there‘s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally. It was to go into effect this summer, but a judge put on hold key provisions pending the resolution of a legal challenge.

Pearce also was the chief sponsor of a 2007 state law targeting employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

He and fellow Arizona legislators plan a Tuesday afternoon news conference to formally announce the effort.

Pearce said the legislation has yet to be drafted, and he declined to comment on possible approaches, including whether it would focus on the issuance of state birth certificates.

“We’re going to address the issue of the unconstitutional declaration of citizenship to those born to non-citizens,” Pearce said. “It is a violation of the 14th Amendment.”

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the 2010 law and who is championing the state’s legal defense of it against a court challenge mounted by the U.S. Justice Department, was noncommittal when asked whether lawmakers should approve legislation on citizenship.

However, Brewer said she was “always concerned” by the possibility of involving the state in a court fight. “No one wants to be in court. No one wants to be fighting the federal government,” she said.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/14-states-move-to-deny-anchor-babies-citizenship/
 

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While I support stricter immigration laws and would like to see funds from other lower priority issues shifted to strengthen our borders, this movement is a waste of time and money and I would like to see congress focus on more pressing issues.

Many feel this movement is unconstitutional because of State reference in the 14th amendment.

Just so we know what we are talking about this is the citizenship clause in the 14th amendment.
"Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

IMO, this is addressing a symptom while making no effort to fix the real problem. The problem is how to reduce the illegal immigrants coming into this country. Another example of failure to address the real issues facing the country.

This is way down on the priority list of problems congress should be focused on.

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I love when "The People" Stand up to a corrupt Government and take the power back,

"God Bless The Great State Of Arizona" :nuts:

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Just another indicator that states are starting to realize the mistake they made by letting the federal government run a muck instead of keeping it on a short leash.
It comes down to focusing on what is important to the country. Citizenship by birth is nowhere near as important as the Arizona Law that allows the Police to question citizenship. That law addresses the real problem. It is not all that is needed but it is a start.

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Just another indicator that states are starting to realize the mistake they made by letting the federal government run a muck instead of keeping it on a short leash.

Yeah we need to seal our borders and rid ourselves of the Leech Mexico

They live off this country and have no incentive to produce or Manufacture for themselves

They send home 19 Billion dollars a year and compete for Jobs in the USA within the Manufacturing industries within the USA.

Also they cause inflation by competing for Housing, Education, Medical, and durable goods, Gas /oil etc:

They compete with your kids in college for Jobs which is wrong because they have not done anything for this country nor have they been paying taxe's here Yet they recieve all the benefits and Burden the American Taxpayer,

Why should the American Taxpayer pay anything for these people ?

In addition They further burden an over burdened medical and welfare system, as well as apply for student loans which sometimes are never paid back,

And your government despite having an unemplyment rate as high as the great depression backs and supports all this:crazy:

Why ? Because they're Skrewed between the ears and show no patriotism What-so-ever !

Yet they will ask a man to Die in Afghanastan while screwing him over here at home :thumbsup:

Remove these scumbag career politicians from offiice next election,

And yes I'm tired of that Bid titty bitch Palin playing a fool each night on national T.V

Let her go home and tend to her New baby like a proper mother should :nuts:

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