June 15th, 2010
07:32 AM ET
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Arizona bill would deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants

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 A fence separates Mexico (left) from the United States (right) along part of a 226-mile stretch of the border known as the ‘Tucson Sector.’ (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


(CNN) – A proposed Arizona law would deny birth certificates to children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents.

The bill comes on the heels of Arizona passing the nation's toughest immigration law.

John Kavanagh, a Republican state representative from Arizona who supports the proposed law aimed at so-called "anchor babies," said that the concept does not conflict with the U.S. Constitution.

"If you go back to the original intent of the drafters ... it was never intended to bestow citizenship upon (illegal) aliens," said Kavanagh, who also supported Senate Bill 1070 - the law that gave Arizona authorities expanded immigration enforcement powers.

Under federal law, children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship, regardless of their parents' residency status.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Obama the liar

    There is still a chance for this once great Nation.

    June 15, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. snow

    Works for me, they need to repeal this law allowing people born here illegally to be citizens.

    June 15, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Travis In Colorado

    I'm bi-racial and I fully support the state of Arizona. It is WAY past time that someone did something about illegal immigration in this country. I am way sick and tired of illegals coming to this country, having a whole bunch of kids who are given citizenship, and when the government tries to deport the illegals, some are allowed to stay just so we won't tear apart any families. WRONG! It is not us who are tearing apart families, it is the families that are tearing THEMSELVES apart. This will help stop the onslaught of illegals who come here. I only wish Colorado would adopt the same laws. I wish Washington would adopt the same laws, but I know he never will. He needs those illegals so they can vote for him. Thank you Arizona.

    June 15, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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