Arizona’s SB-1070 architect announces next legislative move: Birthright citizenship

Posted on October 17, 2010

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Don’t expect the sparks to subside in Arizona while the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on Arizona’s newly passed, and subsequently blocked, anti-illegal immigration law, SB-1070.  While the lawyers argue their cases in California, the architect of SB-1070 is planning his next legislative move on the immigration front:

Together again . . . Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, is getting the old team back together for his next state immigration-law effort. Kansas attorney and Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach this week confirmed that he is working with Pearce to write a bill that would develop a state law to change the way children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants are granted citizenship. Kobach helped Pearce write Senate Bill 1070. (emphasis mine)

Pearce has said he will propose the bill when the legislative session starts in January. Kobach would not say what that bill might look like.

“We aren’t announcing anything yet, as the drafting is not complete,” Kobach said via e-mail.
Birthright citizenship was talked about quite a bit recently when the debate over SB-1070 was raging in the media.  It is another hot button issue with strong opinions on both sides.  If the bill Mr. Pearce is working on ever becomes law, look for Arizona to once again to be in the middle of another political firestorm.