Vote Eyed In AZ On Denial Of Citizenship To Kids

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker says he intends to seek a committee vote next week on his challenge to automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants - even if it means the measure is defeated.

Republican Sen. Ron Gould said Tuesday he called off a previously expected vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee because he believed the bill would have lost.

Gould, of Lake Havasu City, now says he plans to seek a vote Monday so voters will know which lawmakers support and oppose the measure.

Supporters of the idea say guaranteed citizenship results in taxpayers covering the costs of services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.

Opponents say the move would be declared unconstitutional.