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Ariz. bill would require proof of US birth from candidates

Published: Sat, January 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Arizona legislators have reintroduced legislation aimed at making President Barack Obama prove his U.S. nationality by birth.

The measure in the Arizona House would prohibit placing presidential and vice-presidential candidates on the state’s ballot unless they submit specified documentation of their U.S. birth and other constitutional requirements.

Hawaii officials repeatedly have confirmed Obama’s birth in that state, but so-called “birthers” contend Obama actually was born in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

The state House narrowly passed a version of the bill in 2010, but it died in the Senate without a vote in the closing days of the legislative session. Secretary of State Ken Bennett had voiced concerns about the 2010 legislation’s provision that would have prohibited his office from placing a candidate on the ballot if documents submitted on behalf of a candidate left reasonable doubt about the candidate’s eligibility. That would have left the secretary of state with too much discretion, Bennett said through a spokesman at the time.

On Friday, Bennett noted that the reasonable-doubt wording is not included in the 2011 version; instead, it mandates submissions of specific sworn statements and a copy of a birth certificate with specific information.


1Photoman(1004 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Why can't the leaders of our state have the courage to protect its citizens as does Governor Jan Brewer in Arizona? Of course, protecting our citizens in such fashion would mean getting sued by the our current federal leadership. Let's take that risk, Ohio.

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2L0L(660 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I read the article. Good job Arizona!!! I hope every state follows suit not just for the presidency but for every job below it. What happened to being a LEGAL immigrant? My family did it legally, my friends family came here legally, wht cant the mexicans come here legally and why do idiotic people cut them slack for not doing so? Las time I checked it was against the law but who cars right? You can afford to pay money for healthcare, section 8, welfare and whatever else the illegals are getting from us right?

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3sparky22(14 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe if Americans would actually do the jobs that illegal immigrants are more than willing to do, there wouldn't need to be a debate on the issue. Americans need to stop thinking that certain jobs are below them, especially in this economy. You want to work? You want a job? How about going to where the Mexicans are so willing and happy to work. Go do a little manual labor.

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