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    Arizona's Next Immigration Target: Children of Illegals

    By ADAM KLAWONN / PHOENIX Adam Klawonn / Phoenix Fri Jun 11, 7:50 pm ET

    "Anchor babies" isn't a very endearing term, but in Arizona those are the words being used to tag children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. While not new, the term is increasingly part of the local vernacular because the primary authors of the nation's toughest and most controversial immigration law are targeting these tots - the legal weights that anchor many undocumented aliens in the U.S. - for their next move.

    Buoyed by recent public opinion polls suggesting they're on the right track with illegal immigration, Arizona Republicans will likely introduce legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona - and thus American citizens according to the U.S. Constitution - to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens. The law largely is the brainchild of state Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican whose suburban district, Mesa, is considered the conservative bastion of the Phoenix political scene. He is a leading architect of the Arizona law that sparked outrage throughout the country: Senate Bill 1070, which allows law enforcement officers to ask about someone's immigration status during a traffic stop, detainment or arrest if reasonable suspicion exists - things like poor English skills, acting nervous or avoiding eye contact during a traffic stop. (See the battle for Arizona: will a border crackdown work?)

    But the likely new bill is for the kids. While SB 1070 essentially requires of-age migrants to have the proper citizenship paperwork, the potential "anchor baby" bill blocks the next generation from ever being able to obtain it. The idea is to make the citizenship process so difficult that illegal immigrants pull up the "anchor" and leave. (See pictures of the Great Wall of America.)

    The question is whether that would violate the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment states that "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." It was intended to provide citizenship for freed slaves and served as a final answer to the Dred Scott case, cementing the federal government's control over citizenship.

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    Ha ha... I LOVE IT!!!!! I can hear the outcry now.. good I hope they do it..!!!!
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    they'll have to build their case on idea that these illegals constitute an invading force . . . . if they can make that case - they'll win.
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    Unconstitutional law. The 14th would have to be amended to facilitate passage.
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    Another option might be to take the kids away from the illegal parents and put them in foster care. We can't have minor American citizens being taken out of the country, and their parents are criminals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Rick View Post
    Another option might be to take the kids away from the illegal parents and put them in foster care. We can't have minor American citizens being taken out of the country, and their parents are criminals.
    The adoption option is also there . . . .
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    Unconstitutional law. The 14th would have to be amended to facilitate passage.
    They're illegals. Toss 'em out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KhrushchevsShoe View Post
    Unconstitutional law. The 14th would have to be amended to facilitate passage.
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    I agree.

    The best way to fight illegal immigration is to enfoce the laws we already have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
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    I agree.

    The best way to fight illegal immigration is to enfoce the laws we already have.
    But if they enforce the laws we already have.......it will look like the Congress is doing nothing on this issue.

    This is how they try to look good, they pass new legislation they never intend to enforce, to solve a problem they don't really want to solve, so they will have talking points for the next election cycle, so they can again pass new laws to look good.....................this gives me a head ache every time.
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    I REALLY hope the Tea Party gets loud and vocal about this one, after all, they are all about being consistent and holding true to their principles. WHERE DOES IT SPECIFICALLY SAY IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT CHILDREN BORN IN THE UNITED STATES ARE NOT CITIZENS?!
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