Arizona is boldly going where other states and our federal government fear to go.
After tackling the problem of illegal immigration with the passage of SB 1070, Arizona is now saying no to “anchor babies” — children born in the United States who acquire automatic citizenship despite their parents being not just non-citizens but illegal aliens.
Meanwhile, Nick Allen of the UK Telegraph reports on June 15, 2010, that Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R) will introduce a bill later this year to bar anchor babies from getting American birth certificates. Pearce is one of the politicians who had worked for Arizona’s passage of its new immigration law, SB 1070.
Both Governor Brewer and Senator Pearce maintain, with considerable evidence, that “anchor babies” are used by illegal immigrants to stay in the country. More than that, when the “anchor babies” become adults, they can sponsor their parents for legal permanent residency. After six years of permanent residency, the parents then qualify for U.S. citizenship. Through the provision of “chain migration,” the parents in turn then apply for their blood relatives to immigrate to the United States. Those individuals, when they obtain U.S. citizenship, in turn apply for their blood relatives…….in an unending chain of (legal) immigrants.
Opponents of the proposed bill say it is contrary to the Constitution and the American spirit. The right of Arizona to to deny automatic US citizenship to anchor babies could ultimately end up in the Supreme Court.