Arizona to Move Forward With 14th Amendment Repeal

With states across the country facing record budget shortfalls, and Republican leadership vowing to cut off even more aid, now would be the time for responsible leaders to focus first and foremost on tackling the difficult economic issues of the day.  Of course, Arizona state Senator and Senate President-elect Russell Pearce is hardly a responsible leader.

The architect of Arizona’s SB 1070 and minion of the private prison industry, Pearce has vowed to continue his immigration campaign to repeal the part of the 14th Amendment that grants birthright citizenship as his singular legislative priority.  This is despite the fact that during his campaign he pledged that boosting Arizona’s flatlined economy would be his number one priority.

Pearce doesn’t have the universal support of other Arizona Republicans, many of whom fear that boosting the economy will take a backseat to Pearce’s personal agenda.  Pearce had pledged to those immigration-weary Republicans to wait until 2012 to push for a 14th Amendment bill but has now backtracked saying simply that he won’t sponsor anything this legislative session, but will make sure that any bill that is sponsored gets passed.

According to reports, there is good reason to think that Pearce already has legislation in the works.  He is apparently teaming up with Kris Kobach of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of the anti-immigration Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to draft a repeal of birthright citizenship.

Of course, Pearce and his cohorts know that any 14th Amendment legislation they pass will face immediate legal challenge.  And that’s the point.  They are less interested in drafting good law for Arizona and more interested in creating a showdown in federal court over immigration policy.

Sounds like a good use of taxpayer time and money, especially during an economic crisis, huh?

photo courtesy of Barnaby via Flickr


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Lydia S.: YOU are an illegal alien! Procede to leave the country immediately!

Jeremy T.
Jeremy T.5 years ago

He is doing nothing to contribute to a rational conversation. He is promoting a versation-that is one where only one opinion triumphs. Why else would he be race baiting? Everyone can see right though his weak argument. I have said this before, we have two governments here. One who is forced to deal with an issue that is not really theirs in the first place. If the Mexican government were required to pay for their citizens incursions and law breaking, it would stop this whole vicious cycle in its tracks. Ooooops! is right-they should be paying for this. The people of Arizona would have a surplus budget with a strong economy. Hundreds of millions of dollars are drained from the state and Federal government fighting illegal immigration, gun running and drug smuggling. I want the United States to send a diplomatic cable demanding that the Mexican Government pay for these incursions. If not now-then when. It is their people who are breaking the law and tearing about society. One who hold the view that we should help and the other which is fiscally conscious realest. The way to solve this problem is send the Mexican government the bill. They will have their fedral police patrolling the boarders to insure there is not illegal imigration. Do you mean to suggest that the Mexican government is oblivious to the fact that these people are entering the United States illegally-either way-send them the bill and make them pay for it. Problem solved. Next@!

Carla Manning
Carla Manning5 years ago

I was just reading over some of the comments here and a thought came to mind...this country, The United States of America, was began by people who were not originally from here. The only true Native Americans are the Indians that inhabited this land before it was the USA. And, therefore, this country was built on people coming here for a new beginning, a fresh start, for more opportunities for them and their family. This country has always welcomed those from foreign lands that come in peace. That's part of what makes this country so great. I truly believe our Forfathers would want us to continue this legacy and treat everyone with equality and with open arms as long as they mean no harm.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

thanx for article

Kathy M.
Kathy M.5 years ago

Evelyn J: Based on your comment, I have to assume you're an idiot. You want to say my friend was driving illegally without car insurance (which she DID have, btw) while totally ignoring the fact that the asshole responsible for the accident wasn't even in the country legally?? If you want to pay for these morons, do it with charity from your paycheck, not my tax dollars. I don't think Americans should have to rely on their insurance because the illegals don't have any.

Evelyn J.
Evelyn J.5 years ago

Crazy Kathy, it's called car insurance. Or was your friend illegally driving without? Addicts and the poor often lie about having health insurance when trying to get medical care as well. Tells you something about the system when that works so often.