New immigration law possible in Arizona and Texas
POSTED: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:43pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 8:25pm
TYLER - Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce is stirring up more controversy over immigration.
He wants to propose a law that wouldn't recognize citizenship for children born to illegal immigrant parents.
According to the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, children born in the United States are automatically citizens, but the Arizona State Senator says if both parents are illegal, the new baby should be considered an illegal alien too.
Senator Pearce's wishes became public after some of his e-mails were released.
He said, "I intend to push for an Arizona bill that would refuse to accept or issue a birth certificate that recognizes citizenship to those born to illegal aliens, unless one parent is a citizen."
Texas Representative Leo Berman says he's proposed a similar law in Texas, and he will do it again.
He expects if the bill passes, he and the Texas Legislature will be sued.
"We want to be sued in federal court so that we can take this whole issue of automatic citizenship all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court," Rep. Berman says.
The E-verify program is another part of the illegal immigration battle.
The program is required for employers in Arizona it allows them to look up their employees to verify their legal status.