AP110222169184You might have thought lawmakers in Arizona were demoralized in the wake of the federal court decision striking down their sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants. If so, you'd be wrong: the Arizona legislature has crafted a new raft of anti-illegal immigration laws that are winding their way through various committees and may come up for a vote soon.
The most controversial of those measures--a bill that seeks to end "birthright citizenship" for children of illegal immigrants--passed out of committee on Tuesday. Similar bills have been introduced in Indiana, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce, which remained neutral last year during the SB 1070 debate, is strongly urging politicians to back away from a bill to roll back birthright citizenship rights, as well as a separate omnibus bill targeting illegal immigrants. The legislation directly challenges the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to all persons born in the United States, regardless of the legal status of their parents.
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