The 14th Amendment of the U.S.Constitution grants citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil, regardless of the citizenship status of the newborn’s parents. This law has allowed illegal immigrants and other people without U.S. citizenship to enter the country and give birth to full-fledged U.S. citizens with all the rights and obligations that go along with that status.
Arizona politicians are planning to introduce legislation which they hope will encourage other states to adopt which will prevent the children of illegal immigrants from being granted citizenship under the terms of the 14th Amendment.
At the moment there are at least seven other states in which a similar bill has a good chance of passing, and another seven are also considering similar legislation.
The bill in Arizona is known as SB-1070, the ‘anti-illegal-immigrant bill, will be introduced by state Senator Russell Pearce on January 5th in Washington, D.C. According to an Arizona newspaper, there are legislators in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah who also want to introduce similar laws this coming year.