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Hi ready for this one has not a -- is proposing a new way to control the flow of illegal immigration.
State senator Russell Pearce it was his idea to give citizenship.
To children born in the US to undocumented parents but right now as you know the fourteenth amendment -- anybody here.
Legal status who is born here so the critics are saying that the idea of calling these children illegal also.
Is just downright -- constitutional.
But -- claims that the true meaning of the amendment.
Has been hijacked.
Let's talk this over with Michael Goodwin columnist for the near posted at Fox News contributor Michael good morning good happy here thank you you know this is say yeah here's the basic.
Issue here that people coming into the country to have a child that that child will be legal and then it will ultimately make them legal as well right.
Right well it certainly it is in a term -- called anchor babies are and it's been going on for really years throughout the country were especially in the southwest where.
Illegal immigrants come into the country have a baby the baby immediately becomes a citizen under the fourteenth amendment.
And then that that really protects the parents as well because you can't separate the family over practically speaking and probably legal in most cases.
But that is the issue for a lot of people in the south -- that as one way that in image illegal immigrants are taking a foothold here and they're not the country is not able to do anything about it.
I'm the only thing about the controversy that arose out of his first while I'm.
Which was that they should be able to enforce the fact that if people are here illegally and they're pulled over.
-- -- something -- they unlawful contact they can ask them you know their status.
Provoked outrage that you had this idea I think that they.
Question whether -- not this is constitutional is so much greater and so much more controversial.
Brad I think the proper way to see this frankly is that is a symptom of the larger problem that the feds have failed to secure the borders.
And so you get all these kind of derivative arguments derivative issues that they grow out of that.
If the federal government did secure the border against illegal entry then you wouldn't have these kinds of issues because the people.
Who are coming here to give birth are coming here illegally if they came here legally it would be a whole different issue to debate but.
I think this is another symptom of what's gone wrong in the federal government with its failure to secure the border.
-- -- -- And that they can ever get this -- that some arguments in some of these pieces this morning that that say well maybe they cut.
Right would probably get it through the Arizona legislature although I suspect -- -- that this would be a more difficult fight and even the first law that.
The try to criminalize any kind of -- illegality.
But they still might be able to get through there I do believe it'll probably be very popular among a significant.
Not a number of people in Arizona if not an outright majority.
But the problem is of course than -- it's essentially wasted your time.
If all you've done is make a statement now.
Another way that they could go about it which might have more of an impact can get more of a public support is simply to pass a resolution.
That this is something the federal government has to deal went.
We're not going to the trouble passing a law and then having it held up by the courts are probably never would take action because it's so obviously unconstitutional.
And Michael Goodwin thanks good -- this morning thank you.
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