What's Next in Arizona? Efforts to Repeal 14th Amendment Rights
In part, the 14th Amendment, Section 1 reads:
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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ….
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‘Show Me Your Papers’ proponent sets new goal
Republican Senator Russell Pearce of Arizona, the man who shepherded SB 1070 through the Arizona legislature, dubbed the ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Bill, has set his sights on an effort to gut the portion of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, that bestows citizenship to persons born in the United States.
According to a local news report, emails released by State Senator Russell Pearce reveal a rather stunning claim to his supporters: “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 …
The senator’s history of controversial ties, statements and actions
Senator Pearce has come under fire for forwarding an e mail to supporters from a neo Nazi group. He later apologized, saying he hadn’t read the entire article before forwarding. The e mail forwarding incident cost him political support during his bid for congressional office in 2006. The senator has ties to reported neo Nazi J.T. Ready.
Senator Pearce has advocated mass deportation of undocumented workers while referencing a program from the 1950s called Operation Wetback.
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) linked to contested immigration law
The most prominent United States organization leading opposition to immigration is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The organization has a long, contentious history of advocacy against the immigration of non Whites into the U.S.
Kris Kobach has claimed credit for helping Senator Pearce draft the language in the Arizona bill, scheduled to go into effect in July 2010.
Mr. Kobach is:
…. an attorney for the Immigration Reform Law Institute. That‘s the legal arm of an immigration group that‘s called FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. FAIR was founded in 1979 by a man named John Tanton.
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After founding FAIR in 1979, Mr. Tanton wrote:
“To govern is to populate. Will the present majority peaceably hand over its political power to a group that is simply more fertile? As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night or will there be an explosion?”
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Today, Mr. Tanton serves on the board of directors of FAIR.
FAIR, whose members have testified frequently before Congress, accepted more than $1 million from the Pioneer Fund, a racist foundation devoted to proving a connection between race and intelligence. FAIR has hired as key officials men who were also active in white supremacist groups …. others who write for anti-immigrant hate sites.
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Affiliations with the above named groups and organizations have resulted in the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) listing FAIR as a hate group.
Nationwide boycotts of Arizona planned by U.S. cities and organizations
Since the signing into law of the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, as its known in Arizona, by Governor Jan Brewer on April 24th, 2010, Arizona has lost the potential for millions of dollars in revenue as cities and organizations have cancelled plans travel to venues previously scheduled to be hosted by the state of Arizona.
Among the cities boycotting Arizona: Austin, TX, Berkeley, CA, Boston, MA and Boulder, CO.
Among organizations boycotting the state: Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the Asian American Justice Center.
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