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State senator targets birthright citizenship


ATLANTA --- A key Georgia lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should consider legislation that could keep the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States from being granted automatic citizenship.

State Sen. Jack Murphy, a co-chairman of a legislative committee on immigration, was one of a group of state legislators from around the country who met in Washington on Wednesday to discuss a plan to challenge automatic citizenship for infants born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants.

"The anchor baby loophole has grown to such large proportions that our state and our nation can no longer afford to ignore it," Murphy, a Republican from Cumming, said in a statement.

"Members of our committee must begin to look at legislation that will close these loopholes in Georgia and protect our citizens."

Haley names head of revenue department

COLUMBIA --- Gov.-elect Nikki Haley tapped a veteran accountant and business executive Wednesday to be the director of South Carolina's Department of Revenue, saying he will adopt a business-friendly approach to tax collections that makes employers feel helped, not threatened.

Since 2009, James Etter has been the vice president and chief financial officer of Norco Equipment, a maker of forestry equipment.

Haley praised his three decades as a certified public accountant, noting he is a former self-employed financial consultant who understands bankruptcy court.

Etter "knows what it's like to be on the other side of the red tape," Haley said in introducing the 68-year-old Blythewood resident as her pick for the tax agency. "You're looking at a wealth of experience."

-- Associated Press