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Constitutional obstacle course: the challenges facing the birthright citizenship bill backers (access required)

Frustrated by the federal government's refusal to solve illegal immigration, some lawmakers want the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve who exactly is an American citizen.

In trying to define citizenship, birthright busters will have to navigate not only through the U.S. Supreme Court, but the U.S. Senate, other states and even their own caucus.

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Poll: Feds encourage illegal immigration

Rasmussen Reports yesterday publicized a national survey it conducted earlier this month that shows 68 percent of likely voters believe border security is more important than legalizing the status of illegal immigrants already in the country. The question, however, seems designed to elicit such an outcome.

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Border region school district forced to ‘disenroll’ legitimate U.S. citizens

The state Department of Education in May 2010 released an audit, charging that 105 students, some of whom are U.S. citizens, are attending schools in Ajo but are actually living across the border in Mexico and not entitled to a free education in Arizona schools. The state fined the Ajo Unified $1.2 million, the amount the state claims was spent to educate those students.

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Birthright bills run into trouble

Backers of proposals that aim to ultimately deny U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants suffered a setback on Monday when the chairman of the Arizona Senate committee that tackled the bills concluded he did not have the votes to approve them.

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