Republican support for the hearings in the U.S. Senate to amend the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship provision has received coverage in the Spanish-language press in the U.S as well as in Latin America.

The South Florida Spanish weekly El Sentinel reported on Saturday that

the idea to deny automatic [birthright] citizenship to those born in the United States of immigrant parents has revived the debate about a constitutional reform, something experts consider very difficult.

The Washington correspondent for Mexican daily El Universal reported that

in the aftermath of the court decision to stop certain portions of the law that would criminalize undocumented people in Arizona, Russell Pearce, the Republican who spearheaded support in favor of S.B. 1070 has renewed an old initiative that would abolish birthright citizenship for children of undocumented parents.

El Pais of Costa Rica wrote that

whoever thought the judge’s decision to block certain portions of [Arizona’s] immigration law S.B. 1070 would discourage similar measures in the United States was very wrong.

The Florida Independent reported on Friday that Former Florida House Speaker and Senate candidate Marco Rubio, the son of parents who emigrated from Cuba to the U.S., has not stated whether he would support or oppose hearings on amending the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship, despite numerous attempts by The Florida Independent, South Florida CBS affiliate Channel 4 and Tampa Bay Online to get an answer.

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