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Ariz. lawmakers at it again with immigration laws

Adrian Cruz, 5, of Phoenix, looks around as he watches and listens to a few dozen people who chanted and held signs showing support for those arrested while blockading downtown Phoenix's 4th Avenue Jail last July after portions of the new Arizona immigration bill SB1070 took effect, during a rally and protest, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
January 4, 2011 4:01:25 PM PST
Remember last year when the state of Arizona passed that controversial law mandating that police officers check the status of people they think may be in the country illegally?

Well, despite boycotts and bad press, Arizona is at it again and, the state is not alone. Next week, Arizona lawmakers will introduce legislation to repeal the part of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that provides birthright citizenship.

The 14th Amendment basically says that if you're born on U.S. soil, no matter how you got there, you are an American citizen. The amendment was originally passed to grant citizenship to freed slaves.

Proponents of tougher immigration enforcement say that the original intent of the amendment is being abused when the children of those who illegally enter the country are "rewarded with citizenship just for being born here."

Lawmakers in 14 states plan to introduce similar legislation.

Question of the Day: Should the U.S.-born children of people who enter the country illegally be granted American citizenship? Should the 14th Amendment be changed?


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