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Birthright citizenship debate, a preview (access required)

When lawmakers today tackle a proposal that is aimed at ultimately challenging the citizenship of American-born children of illegal immigrants, the debate probably will focus on the meaning of a phrase of the 14th Amendment: Who exactly is “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States?

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Birthright-law foes want Pearce tossed from office

Critics of the birthright legislation, which aims to challenge the interpretation that children of undocumented aliens are American citizens, upped the ante this week by starting an effort to remove from office the state’s most ardent foe of illegal immigration.

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Birthright proposal not on the majority agenda

For the most powerful man in the Senate, denying American citizenship to children born to undocumented aliens is the next step in the Arizona-led crusade to confront illegal immigration in the country. But a majority of Senate President Russell Pearce’s colleagues don’t see it as a priority, and they may not go along if the so-called birthright citizenship bill is voted on before the Legislature fixes the budget and aids a weak economy.

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Pearce reserves “SB1070,” his favorite bill number (access required)

David Schapira, a Democrat from Tempe, dropped nine bills this week thinking one of them would be numbered "S1070." To his surprise, he got bill numbers “S1069” and “S1071,” but “S1070” went to Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of last year’s hotly-contested immigration policy.

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