Apparently Senate Bill 1070 wasn't a blatant enough racist attack against Hispanic people, so Arizona Republicans will introduce new legislation this fall to let the country know they aren't feeling our neighbors from South of the border. The proposed legislation would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens.
Just in case you weren't aware, being born in the United States of America makes you an American citizen. Don't believe me? Check none other than the U.S. Constitution if you don't believe me.
That's' right, the U.S. constitution which states in the 14th Amendment, "all persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States," is now somehow under revision in the state of Arizona. Senator Russell Pearce, who lead the SB 1070 movement, says that the 14th Amendment has been "hijacked" by illegal immigrants. "This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children and gain access to the great welfare state that we've created."
Is this dude serious? Immigrants who may or may not understand the English language, who come from impoverished situations that well-to-do Republicans from Arizona wouldn't begin to fathom, are now orchestrating schemes to overthrow the U.S. government.
The fact that this openly challenges the U.S. Constitution should assure that this bill never sees the light of day. However, being a part of the ethnicity who saw Jim Crow laws divide the entire country, force us to the back of public transportation, and keep us from being able to pee in a sanitary public restroom, I wouldn't be surprised if all necessary rule changes are made to accommodate those with the power to do so. Whatever the case, Arizona is playing along a very fine line of what is right, and what is constitutionally, morally, and institutionally wrong. America has a chance to show its true colors. Hopefully, green and white don't wind up being the only ones that matter.