Ariz. Legislature Passes ‘Birther Bill’ Demanding Obama’s Birth Certificate
April 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a state Democratic lawmaker from Phoenix, says her state’s extreme right-wing legislation such as the recent draconian immigration measure and now, a “birther” bill is making Arizona “the laughing stock of the nation.” And she may be right. On the heels of an immigration bill, institutionalizing brown-skin racial profiling and making it illegal to be in Arizona without carrying residency papers; the legislature has now passed a bill demanding to see President Obama’s birth certificate.
The birther bill passed through the House and next requires final approval and a vote in the senate, before being sent to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.
“The bill originated from a group that believes President Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the U.S. and is ineligible to be president. Rep. Judy Burges amended Senate Bill 1024 to include a requirement that Arizona’s secretary of state inspect a presidential candidate’s birth certificate before that candidate could qualify for the ballot.”
But Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett believes the bill is unconstitutional. “While everyone has an interest in ensuring that only eligible citizens run for president, there are obvious issues with states implementing what could become a patchwork of different tests for a presidential candidate to prove his/her citizenship,” said Bennett’s spokesman.
And the state’s immigration bill, which allows police officers to stop and question brown-skinned residents to check their residency papers, is also expected to face constitutional challenges.
The conservative and heavily armed state of Arizona seems to be moving further and further towards the crazy fringe of the Republican Party.