Arizona contemplates denying birth certificates to anchor babies
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Here we go again.
Arizona, which came under intense criticism for a challenged law which authorizes local cops to enforce federal immigration regulations, now is contemplating a new act which would deny birth certificates to so-called anchor babies – children born in the United States to parents who are in the country illegally.
The law, opponents argue, would, if enacted, be unconstitutional because the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born in the United States. But it actually would go further. Because, denying a person a certificate at birth pretty much invalidates their very existence. At least in a legal sense.
Arizona already – rightly or wrongly – is viewed by many Hispanics as being hostile territory. This bill, if it becomes law, will do little to allay that impression.
Gary Baumgarten is news and programming director at the Paltalk News Network. Talk to him weekdays at 5 PM New York time at www.joinchatnow.com