by Moses Apsan, Esq.
New York - February 9, 2011 - Arizona, the center of the anti- immigrant network and it's head henchman, Senator Russell Pierce are at it again with an attack at a segment of u.s born children by trying to strip away their citizenship; in an apparent effort to create an underclass. Pierce and his loyalist know that their battle is futile and un- Americanizing U.S. children will never happen, but they want to make a statement that is loud and clear. From their vantage point any one that is illegal the United States, no matter how long they have resided here, no matter the extent of their family, whether they are criminals or priests, are not welcome in this country under any condition. He wants them out, but if that is not possible, at least relegated to lower class, similar to the infamous "untouchables" in India's past.
Pierce, the architect of Arizona’s infamous and controversial immigration law, SB 1070, which, among other things, allows police to profile with impunity, is a sponsor of the citizenship legislation.
Just a few months ago, Pearce said that the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which addresses citizenship, was never meant to include he children of people who live in the United States illegally.
“This is a battle of epic proportions,” Pearce, a Republican, commented at a press conference in Arizona. "We’ve allowed the hijacking of the 14th Amendment.”
The bill, SB1309 creates and defines an “Arizona citizenship.” A second bill, SB1308, will require that the Arizona’s governor to enter the state into agreements with other states to basically create two sets of birth certificates, one for children whose parents are here illegally, and another for those whose parents are citizens or who are legally in the country.
The legislative effort is part of a national strategy by anti-immigrant politicians desirous of finding a way to "ged rid of" illegal immigration by getting the US Supreme Court to review and opine on the issue of American citizenship. But the debate is deeper, it seeks to redefine who is an American citizen.
The bid to deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants failed to flourish on Monday when advocates could not get the votes of a Senate panel.
The central issue can be described as a disagreement of interpretation over whether jus soli, a legal concept that grants citizenship to those who are born within a territory, also extends to the 14th Amendment. The bills’ backers say it doesn’t while the bill’s opponents said it does.
After three hours or more of testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, pulled measures. Gould lacked the backing of four other members of the Republican-controlled panel, which he is the chairman.
Interesting enough, the drafting of the legislation would apply to Arizona residents and U.S. citizens who hold a dual citizenship, such as children born to U.S. soldiers in bases overseas.
What have these anti-immigrant, and some even call them anti-Americans created? Kevin Sandler, president of Exhibit One, said "We've created a toxic environment,"…"Businesses don't want to move here."
"What we've really done is create a not-open-for-business environment here."
Most all of the testimony at the hearing was in opposition. Activist Salvador Reza likened the debate over the children citizenship s "not very dissimilar to the debate that happened in South Africa not too long ago." "Young kids like this were denied citizenship for whatever reasons," Reza said.
Jennifer Allen, executive director of the Border Action Network, said that in essence, denying citizenship to children born in this country based on a parent's citizenship would create "a permanent underclass" of people in the state