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Arizona Lawmakers Introduce Proposal Challenging Birthright Citizenship

Lawmakers in Arizona are taking on the 14th Amendment head on. Legislation introduced Thursday seeks to deny citizenship to U.S.-born children of immigrants.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"Republican State Rep. John Kavanagh, who filed the latest proposal, said the goal isn't to get every state to enact such a law but to bring the dispute to court in hopes of reducing the costs associated with granting automatic citizenship.

"'The result of that is they immediately acquire the right to full benefits, everything from welfare to cheese, which increases the costs to the states,' Kavanagh said. 'And beyond that, it's irresponsible and foolish to bestow citizenship based upon one's GPS location at birth.'"

The Christian Science Monitor reports that similar legislation is working its way in Congress:

Meanwhile, US Sens. David Vitter (R) of Louisiana and Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky this week introduced a resolution calling for an amendment to the Constitution requiring that a person born in this country to illegal immigrant parents does not automatically gain citizenship unless at least one parent is a legal citizen, a legal immigrant, an active member of the armed forces, or a naturalized legal citizen.