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Terrill, Coalition Target Automatic citizenship (Jan 06, 2011)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of state lawmakers from several states, including Oklahoma Representative Randy Terrill, said their plan for challenging automatic citizenship for babies born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. would not lead to deportations of children.

The group of lawmakers rolled their agenda out at the National Press Club in Washington during what The Oklahoman reports was a raucous news conference punctuated by protesters calling the effort racist.

The group State Legislators for Legal Immigration, which includes Terrill, who also spoke at the news conference, said their ambition is to get the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to U.S. born children of undocumented residents.

The lawmakers want states to adopt a bill that would bestow state citizenship on people who meet the state's definition of a U.S. citizen and are state residents.

They also want states to agree to a compact that defines who is eligible for U.S. citizenship.

The lawmakers say Congress must approve the compact but it does not require the president's signature.



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