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Arizona lawmakers to target birthright citizenship

Arizona lawmakers are again wading into the national debate over illegal immigration by proposing a bill that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

The bill comes Thursday after Arizona’s enactment last year of the nation’s toughest local immigration enforcement law.

The filing will mark the second time this year that lawmakers in a state have targeted the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment. A similar proposal was filed last week in the Indiana General Assembly.

Leaders of an effort to get similar proposals considered in other states hope that lawmakers in 10 to 15 states will file such measures this year.

Supporters of the idea say guaranteed citizenship results in taxpayers paying for services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.

Opponents say the proposal will be declared unconstitutional.

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