Friday, January 7, 2011

Lawmakers in 14 States Coordinate Birthright Citizenship Attack

by Julianne Hing, ColorLines
January 5, 2011

This morning leaders from 14 states marked the beginning of what will likely be this year’s biggest immigration fight when they officially announced their plans to join together in a state compact to pass laws that deny citizenship to children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants.

Legislators in states like Pennsylvania and Arizona have pledged to attempt to pass a law that revives the old debates around “state citizenship” so that only babies born to at least one permanent resident or citizen parent would be granted citizenship in the state. Other states have promised to follow their lead. The goal, as anti-immigration legislators are not shy to admit, is to force the Supreme Court to take up the issue. [...]

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