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Arizona Birthright Citizenship (2008)

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The Birthright Citizenship statutory initiative would have required that the state of Arizona register no birth certificate or record issued to any child born to parents who are subject to a foreign Power, who do not owe direct and immediate allegiance to the United States. It had proposed that should the mother be subject to a foreign Power and the father prove to be a U.S. citizen, a birth certificate could be registered, provided the father submitted proof of citizenship, sworn acknowledgment of paternity and written agreement to provide financial support for the child until the child reached an age of at least 18 years.[1]


The initiative was sponsored by Della Montgomery.

Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa had said about the 14th amendment that "It has nothing to do with aliens." It was intended to apply to freed slaves.[2]


Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association was "troubled" by the initiative saying it appeared to place hospital personnel in a law enforcement role which may have eroded trust between doctors and patients.[3]


The petition did not make it onto the ballot.

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