REFERENCE TITLE: illegal aliens; children; noncitizenship status
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
Representative Pearce, Senators Gray L, Johnson
A CONCURRENT memorial
urging the congress of the united states to enact legislation clarifying the fourteenth amendment to the united states constitution as denying citizenship to children of illegal aliens by virtue of their being born in the united states.
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To the Congress of the United States of America:
Your memorialist respectfully represents:
Whereas, the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution states in part "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"; and
Whereas, this clause clearly establishes two criteria that must be met before a child born in the United States can be considered a citizen: being born in the United States, and being subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; and
Whereas, illegal aliens are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and, consequently, neither are their children; and
Whereas, to eliminate the present problem of granting citizenship to infants who due to their parents' illegal status are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, Congress needs to clarify that children of illegal aliens inherit the status of their parents and must be recognized as illegal aliens; and
Whereas, the current practice of granting citizenship to children of illegal aliens rewards them for violating American law and provides them with a means to avoid the consequences of their unethical and illegal activities.
Wherefore your memorialist, the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring, prays:
1. That the Congress of the United States enact legislation clarifying the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution as denying citizenship status to children of illegal aliens simply by virtue of their being born in the United States.
2. That the Secretary of State of the State of Arizona transmit copies of this Memorial to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, each Member of Congress from the State of Arizona and Mothers Against Illegal Aliens.