Arizona to taxpayers: We’re going to throw your money away
In another attempt to prove it’s bona fides as America’s most backwards state, Arizona is set to knowingly violate the 14th Amendment, wasting taxpayer money on endless and unnecessary appeals and legal challenges.
An Arizona bill that would put a stop to automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants could come to a vote next week, according to an Arizona lawmaker intent on pushing the legislation forward, even if it the measure is defeated.
The state’s legislation would define a U.S. citizen as someone who has been naturalized, or someone born in this country who has at least one parent who has no allegiance to a foreign country.
Supporters of the idea say guaranteed citizenship results in taxpayers covering the costs of services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.
Obviously it is not within the powers of individual states to determine national citizenship, meaning that the entire effort is doomed before it even starts. But that is not stopping Sen. Russell Pearce and other Arizona Republicans from pushing the measure, even while the state’s economy still struggles.
Defending their racial profiling law, SB 1070, has already cost Arizona over $1 million. Can the state afford to keep defending laws it knows to be unconstitutional? Or should they just ask their taxpayers to flush their money down the drain, and cut out the middleman?