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Lawmakers mull automatic citizenship bill

Arizona lawmakers are holding a hearing on a bill that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

The bill to be heard Monday by the Senate judiciary committee provides a definition of a citizen of Arizona as a person who was born or naturalized in the United States and lives legally in Arizona.

It also seeks a court interpretation on an element of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. who are “subject to the jurisdiction” of this country.

The bill’s sponsors say the goal is to bring the dispute to the courts. Similar proposals have been introduced by lawmakers in Indiana , Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

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  1. From the Canadian News article: “US state legislature hears testimony but doesn’t vote on citizenship challenge bill…”

    “John Eastman, professor at Chapman University’s law school in Orange, California, said automatic citizenship remains an open question for the U.S. Supreme Court. He believes this proposal would provide a chance for the court to say that merely being born in the United States doesn’t entitle a person to citizenship. “The Supreme Court has never decided this issue,” Eastman said.”

    Note: this is a lie.  From the ACLU’s webpage, “… In the landmark 1898 decision of United States v. Wong Kim Ark,… the Court held that a person born in San Francisco to Chinese parents – who, at the time, were not permitted to naturalize as U.S. citizens – nonetheless became a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth by virtue of the 14th Amendment. As the Court explained, ‘[t]o hold that the fourteenth amendment of the constitution ex cludes from citizenship the children born in the United States of citizens or subjects of other countries, would be to deny citizenship to thousands of per sons of English, Scotch, Irish, German, or other European parentage, who have always been considered and treated as citizens of the United States.’”

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