Arizona legislature introduces bills challenging birthright citizenship

The Jurist

The Arizona House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday introduced bills challenging the right to US citizenship for the children of legal and illegal immigrants born in the state.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 2562 and Senate Bill 1308, are proposals to amend Title 36, Chapter 3 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. The Arizona legislature, in introducing these bills, seeks a legal review of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution, which grants citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof."

The bills aim to guarantee citizenship only to children born of at least one parent who is a legal citizen, legal immigrant, active member of the Armed Forces or a naturalized legal citizen, and would seek Congressional permission to issue two separate type of birth certificates, based on whether the child meets the new citizenship requirements or not. 

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