It’s disappointing that Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has signed on as a co-sponsor of xenophobic legislation sponsored by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to deny birthright citizenship to children who are born in the United States to illegal immigrants. Under the bill, a child would be born a U.S. citizen only if one parent was a U.S. citizen, legal resident alien or active member of the U.S. armed forces. “Sen. Moran believes the federal government must enforce our laws and not reward illegal behavior. Making this change will discourage, rather than encourage, illegal immigration,” Lindsey Trent, Moran’s press secretary, told The Eagle editorial board. Vitter contends that such birthright citizenship, or what he and other critics call “birth tourism,” is not protected by the 14th Amendment. But even the Arizona Legislature recognized, as of last month, that curbing birthright citizenship is one anti-immigration measure too far.
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