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Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce came to CNN prepared for a fight. When questioned by reporter Jessica Yellin, Pearce, who authored this summer's controversial SB1070, began throwing out examples from the Constitution and Supreme Court rulings to back up his stance against illegal immigration.

The Arizona senator tells Yellin that his new piece of legislation, which moves to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants, is aimed at restoring the original intent of the 14th Amendment. "You can't break into the country and expect to be rewarded," he says, arguing that even children who were brought here illegally by their parents should be considered law-breakers.



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