Going after the 14th amendment; Update: Pearce won’t be in Washington

Posted on January 4, 2011


Right from the start of this congressional session,  it looks as if Arizona is going to be making national news again as it concerns illegal immigration.  Russell Pearce, architect of Arizona’s highly controversial SB-1070, has announced that the Republicans in Arizona are now looking to draft legislation to deny a birth certificate to any child born in the state to illegal immigrant parents:

 The new Arizona Senate president, Russell Pearce, wants to deny citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants. It’s his long talked-about challenge to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which grants citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.

Pearce and his supporters argue it was never meant to apply to illegal immigrants, and that the law has been misinterpreted.

The Arizona GOP aren’t the only ones planning a challenge to the 14th amendment.  The story reports 13 other states are planning on introducing the same legislation later this year.

Democrats, of course, are whining that it’s a waste of money and resources.  But these same Democrats never seem to complain about how much money and resources are spent educating the children of illegals (some of whom are brought here illegally), incarcerating the illegal population when they break other laws, and the inflated cost of hospital services which include the hidden cost of caring for illegals when they visit the emergency room (which by law, hospitals cannot refuse care).

Pearce and other lawmakers will be in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to announce their plans.  If Arizona’s legislation is passed and signed into law, be prepared for another long hot summer in the desert, and I’m not speaking of the temperature.

UPDATE:

The local Fox News affiliate is now reporting Pearce won’t be in Washington on Wednesday after all:

Philipsen says Pearce is staying home to participate in state budget meetings and to prepare for the regular session starting Monday. Philipsen also cities the time required for the cross-country trip.

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