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64% say no to birthright citizenship

64 percent of Arizona voters say that children born to illegal immigrants should not be automatically granted citizenship, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

The poll says that 71 percent of Arizona voters without children oppose birthright citizenship, while those with children in the home are more narrowly divided.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution contains the Citizenship Clause, which controls federal law on citizenship:

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.

Rasmussen, a conservative pollster, has been criticized for its methods, which some say are designed to push partisan points rather than objectively measure the mood of the electorate.

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Jul 18, 2010, 8:50 am
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How about this? If a child born in Arizona (and a automatically a US citizen) can not stay than all of you not born in Arizona can get the hell out also!

Jul 9, 2010, 4:17 pm
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As far as polling goes anymore it’s automatically skewed towards the Right regardless of Rasmussen and their reputation for doing so on purpose. The thing is that polling companies are not allowed to call cell phones. They can only call landlines and I can’t name more than two of my friends that even have a landline anymore. This automatically removes a huge demographic from the people that are actually polled and I always shake my head at numbers like that. Who do you know that doesn’t have a cell phone exclusively? How do you suppose they vote? [Generalizations, I know. I’m just saying.]

If you are born in this country then you should have the at least option of citizenship automatically granted to you. The 14th Amendment specifies that too. But I think it should just be an option. I mean, I don’t have children but if I were traveling abroad [illegally or otherwise] and my child was delivered in some other country would I want to consider them, say, French for the rest of their lives?

Jul 5, 2010, 10:24 am
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A person born in the United States is automatically a citizen. There is no need for that person to be granted citizenship. How sad that one of the foundations of our United States is at issue, predicated upon knee-jerk racist mentality.

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