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Controversy Continues About 14th Amendment Legislation

While Georgia lawmakers disagree on the interpretation of the 14th amendment, critics call any legislation that tries to undermine the citizenship of certain Americans just wrong.

Some say the proposal to modify the 14th amendment and deny citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants is targeting Hispanics, which is the fastest growing group in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center found more than 70 percent of children of illegal immigrants are U.S. citizens by birth.

And the number of children with at least one parent with unauthorized status grew by more than a million in 2008.

A graduate student at Georgia State said those spearheading the movement are alienating the Latino voters.

"As a taxpayer, as a Latino voter, and as a daughter of a naturalized citizen, I think they're just political gamesmanship. It's unrealistic, it's unpractical, I think it's a waste of time and money," Maria Duarte said.  

Across the nation, many Hispanics and liberal groups say while the immigration system needs to be fixed, children should not be punished for the actions of their parents.

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