God Save Queen Elizabeth II, Citizen of Arizona

Arizona HB 2561 is quite possibly not only the most unconstitutional, but also the dumbest and worst drafted, bill I’ve ever seen.

Here’s its text:

1 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
2 Section 1. Title 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding
3 chapter 7, to read:
4 CHAPTER 7
5 ARIZONA CITIZENSHIP
6 ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
7 1-701. Arizona citizenship
8 A. A PERSON IS A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA IF:
9 1. THE PERSON IS BORN IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUBJECT TO THE
10 JURISDICTION THEREOF, AND
11 2. THE PERSON IS LAWFULLY DOMICILED IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA.
12 B. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION OF
13 THE UNITED STATES HAS THE MEANING THAT IT BEARS IN SECTION 1 OF THE
14 FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, NAMELY THAT THE
15 PERSON IS A CHILD OF AT LEAST ONE PARENT WHO OWES NO ALLEGIANCE TO ANY
16 FOREIGN SOVEREIGNTY, OR A CHILD WITHOUT CITIZENSHIP OR NATIONALITY IN ANY
17 FOREIGN COUNTRY. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A PERSON WHO OWES NO
18 ALLEGIANCE TO ANY FOREIGN SOVEREIGNTY IS A UNITED STATES CITIZEN OR NATIONAL,
19 OR AN IMMIGRANT ACCORDED THE PRIVILEGE OF RESIDING PERMANENTLY IN THE UNITED
20 STATES, OR A PERSON WITHOUT CITIZENSHIP OR NATIONALITY IN ANY FOREIGN
21 COUNTRY.
22 C. IN ADDITION TO THE CRITERIA OF CITIZENSHIP DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTIONS
23 A AND B, A PERSON IS A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA IF:
24 1. THE PERSON IS NATURALIZED IN THE UNITED STATES.
25 2. THE PERSON IS LAWFULLY DOMICILED IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA.
26 D. CITIZENSHIP OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA SHALL NOT CONFER UPON THE
27 HOLDER THEREOF ANY RIGHT, PRIVILEGE, IMMUNITY OR BENEFIT UNDER LAW

1. QUIZ: what document is the following text from? And can it supersede the will of the legislature of the state of Arizona?

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States

2. Let’s look at part of this text a little more, eh?

FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A PERSON WHO OWES NO
18 ALLEGIANCE TO ANY FOREIGN SOVEREIGNTY IS A UNITED STATES CITIZEN OR NATIONAL,
19 OR AN IMMIGRANT ACCORDED THE PRIVILEGE OF RESIDING PERMANENTLY IN THE UNITED
20 STATES, OR A PERSON WITHOUT CITIZENSHIP OR NATIONALITY IN ANY FOREIGN
21 COUNTRY.

Let’s see who counts as a U.S. citizen under this bill, eh? Well, all stateless persons, for one thing. Second, all foreign sovereigns — I’m pretty sure the Queen doesn’t owe allegiance to any foreign sovereignty. I kinda hope she comes to Arizona and demands welfare.

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3 Responses to “God Save Queen Elizabeth II, Citizen of Arizona”

  1. eric Says:

    I’m told that the people of Mississippi have taken up a collection to erect a monument in honor of the people of Arizona, to thank them for taking over the position of Worst State in the Union.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    You just gotta wonder if anyone who had anything to do with these bills had even the slightest familiarity with constitutional law.

  3. Mary Says:

    She IS already an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska (Queen Elizabeth, I mean).

    Was this bill perhaps drafted by people who wanted to be really sure it never got passed?

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