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Anti-birthright citizenship bills to be filed in Arizona tomorrow

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Tomorrow has been set as the target date in Arizona for the introduction of two anti-birthright citizenship bills, to be filed in both the state Senate and House.

The Arizona Capitol Times ran a brief Associated Press report with these details:

Republican Sen. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu City said he and Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills agreed on a day for each to introduce the legislation but Gould said that timetables for consideration of the bills by the separate chambers will diverge at that point.

Gould is the Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman and he said he expects the committee will consider his bill in early February. Meanwhile, Kavanagh indicated that House action on his bill might wait for approval of a new state budget.


Earlier this month, immigrant advocates in Arizona had

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In the news this morning: Anti-birthright citizenship bill to be introduced in Arizona, GOP leaders say no-go to Obama's immigration mention

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Bills Denying Birthright Citizenship to be Introduced in Arizona - Fox News Latino On Thursday, both chambers of the state legislature are expected to hear the introduction of bills that seek to deny automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants.

Mo. court sides with immigrant in adoption appeal - The Associated Press Missouri's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that adoption laws were not followed in ending the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman caught up in a 2007 immigration raid at a poultry plant, and allowing her son, who is now 4, to be adopted by a U.S. couple.

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At a SOTU viewing party in L.A., little hope for immigration reform

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Even before tonight's State of the Union address, expectations that President Obama would address immigration issues weren't high. Still, a small crowd of mostly Latino activists, students, blue-collar workers and others gathered to watch it at the downtown office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which held a "viewing party" showing the address on a large screen with a simultaneous Spanish translation.

Some were simply curious to hear what Obama might say about immigration; others, including some who were in the same room at the immigrant advocacy office last month watching the Senate vote on the Dream Act, wondered if he might offer them a specific nugget of hope.

Here's the portion of the address that dealt with immigration, from a draft copy of the speech obtained and published by the National Journal (and subsequently by the Huffington Post):

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Art of the Tiger Mother: Five spoofs, rap song included

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It's been more than two weeks now since author Amy Chua's essay titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, prompting an uncountable number of news stories, columns, blog posts, essays and assorted reflections on the take that Chua, author of the memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," presented on raising her two daughters.

Her description of extreme-tough-love child rearing, which she associated with her Chinese American background, was meant to be self-mocking, Chua has said in interviews, but no matter. In the past couple of weeks, parenting experts have excoriated Chua while others have defended her, while others still have cannily pointed to what lurks behind the racial stereotyping of Asian parents and successful Asian American students.

In the end, part of the Tiger Mother controversy's legacy will be the voluminous amount of work it has spawned: some of it forgettable, some of it quite good, and as with similar media phenoms, a torrent of comic art to help take the edge off.

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