The “Too Many Mexicans” caucus chimes in with another bright idea:
A proposed Arizona law would deny birth certificates to children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents. The bill comes on the heels of Arizona passing the nation’s toughest immigration law.John Kavanagh, a Republican state representative from Arizona who supports the proposed law aimed at so-called “anchor babies,” said that the concept does not conflict with the U.S. Constitution. “If you go back to the original intent of the drafters … it was never intended to bestow citizenship upon (illegal) aliens,” said Kavanagh, who also supported Senate Bill 1070 — the law that gave Arizona authorities expanded immigration enforcement powers.
Under federal law, children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship, regardless of their parents’ residency status. (emphasis mine)
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
–14th Amendment, Section one, first clause.
The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. The first federal immigration law — that is, the first law to codify a class of immigrants as “illegal” — passed in 1875*. Thus, the intent of the 14th Amendment can’t possibly be read as making a distinction that it predated. You get an F.
(* – That law just so happens to have been blatantly racist. Coincidence? I think not…)