by Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
The Republicans in the Arizona Legislature have done as they threatened promised and introduced bills attacking the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship for children born in the United States.
The Senate version is SB1309, introduced by Sen. Ron Gould and sponsored/cosponsored by nine other Republicans, including Senate President Russell Pearce.
The House version is HB2561, introduced by Rep. John Kavanagh, and sponsored/cosponsored by 26 other Republicans, including a number of legislators whose names are on the Senate version (Pearce, Harper, Bundgaard, Klein).
Both contain language that limits citizenship rights for babies that will be discussed at length here and elsewhere, but there is one clause in it that should worry *everybody* –
D. CITIZENSHIP OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA SHALL NOT CONFER UPON THE HOLDER THEREOF ANY RIGHT, PRIVILEGE, IMMUNITY OR BENEFIT UNDER LAW.
Based on that clause alone, if this garbage is enacted, long before it reaches the federal court system over the contradictions with the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, it may not survive a challenge in *Arizona* courts.
I'm sure folks will come up with a much longer list of "rights" exclusive to citizens that the above clause would remove, but the first that comes to mind is