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WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of Republican state lawmakers from around the nation say they hope legislation they've drafted will trigger a Supreme Court review of the Constitution's 14th Amendment.
The measures target automatic citizenship granted to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The legislators unveiled their proposals during a National Press Conference news conference in Washington, D.C., that occasionally turned raucous when protesters shouted criticisms and supporters tried to outshout and remove the protesters.
Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh says he wants the bills to prompt the nation's high court to re-evaluate what he says is "an erroneous interpretation of the 14th Amendment."
Or, he says he wants it to make Congress consider taking up the issue.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund president Thomas Saenz calls the efforts an assault on the Constitution.
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