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Arizona Senate votes down immigration bills

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Arizona Senate on Thursday rejected five immigration bills, placing a major stumbling block in the way of state conservatives’ hopes to pass more laws cracking down on illegal immigrants. The Senate voted down bills that sought to provoke a reevaluation by the U.S. Supreme Court of…

Republicans challenge US birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON—Republican lawmakers from five states promised Wednesday to launch an effort to change the US constitutional amendment that grants citizenship to those born in the United States. The group – from Arizona, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania – said it was seeking to discourage undocumented migrants from coming to…

Tennessee Republican lawmaker compares immigrants’ children to ‘multiplying rats’

At a hearing about a Tennessee state health insurance program Tuesday, a state lawmaker compared children born to undocumented immigrants to multiplying rats. Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) wanted to know if the Cover Kids health-insurance program required “proof that you are here legally before you can get assistance.”…

The short term anti-immigrant freakout will equal long-term problems

Part of me almost flinched to imagine the lip-smacking glee that reporters got out of pushing Marco Rubio—the son of Cuban immigrants—on the issue of whether or not he supports the 14th amendment. The problem here is that there’s no way to ask the question that doesn’t carry the implication,…

A Legislative Agenda That Only A Giant 19th Century Racist Could Love

Digby leads us to this Powerline post, in which one of them (are they still claiming to be lawyers?) theorizes that we should get rid of birthright citizenship because seriously, fuck those guys, that’s why. The facts are not entirely clear, but it appears that Dogan was born in the…

Rand Paul: Deny citizenship to kids of illegal immigrants

As Rand Paul aligns himself with anti-immigrant forces, father Ron Paul comes out in favor of DADT repeal Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party hero Rand Paul says he opposes granting citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States. In an interview with Russia…

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