Ariz. bills challenge citizenship for so-called 'anchor babies'

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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona lawmakers are again diving into the national debate over illegal immigration by proposing a bill that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

The proposal Thursday brings Arizona back into the national debate over illegal immigration after the state's enactment last year of the nation's toughest local immigration enforcement law.

It's the second time this year lawmakers in a state have targeted the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. A similar proposal was filed last week in Indiana.

Leaders of an effort to get proposals considered in other states hope that lawmakers in 10 to 15 states will follow suit.

Supporters of the idea say guaranteed citizenship results in taxpayers paying for services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.

Opponents say the proposal will be declared unconstitutional.

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