The Arizona Senate passed a bill aimed at forcing a US Supreme Court hearing on so-called “anchor babies.” Lower courts have forced the United States to grant citizenship to the children of illegal aliens even though their parents do not meet the requirements of the 14th amendment.
They also passed a bill to kick illegal aliens out of welfare programs such as subsidized housing.
From Fox News…
An Arizona Senate committee late Tuesday narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace.
The committee earlier Tuesday also approved a bill that would deny automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants in a measure designed to set up a possible U.S. Supreme Court case on the issue.
Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, who authored Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law last year that touched off a nationwide debate on whether states can enforce federal immigration laws, sponsored Tuesday’s more sweeping measure.
“If you’re in the country illegally, you don’t have a right to public benefits, period,” he said.
The bill toughens requirements that employers check work eligibility of new hires, allowing for their business licenses to be suspended if they don’t use the federal E-Verify system. Workers caught using a false identity to get a job would face mandatory six-month jail sentences.