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AZ Holds vote on Anti-14th Amendment Bills

A committee of the Arizona Legislature heard testimony on proposal that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, but didn’t take a vote on the measure.

The Senate judiciary committee heard three hours of testimony from legal scholars, immigrant rights activists and business lobbyists.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu City, says he didn’t have the votes to get the measure out the committee Monday, but that he doesn’t believe his bill is dead.

Supporters of the bill say guaranteed citizenship results in taxpayers paying for services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.

Opponents say the proposal is mean-spirited toward immigrants and will be declared unconstitutional by the courts.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/02/07/20110207arizona-birthright-citizenship-bill-hearing.html#ixzz1DKKPX2Gx

Not a lot of people showed up to today’s vote on SB 1308/1309 aka the Anti-14th Amendment bill.  I didn’t get there in time to hear those testifying for the bill, but was able to see those who testified against it including:
  • Salvador Reza
  • Some kids, including 11-year-old Katherine F.
  • A general children’s advocacy group
  • the Chamber of Commerce
People opposed to Arizona's proposed change to the 14th Amendment.

 

Salvador Reza

 

11-year-old Katherine voices concern for her friends and their families.

 

Immigrant rights supporters meet after the hearing.

 

Celebrating this short-term defeat with the farmworker clap.
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