Republican-dominated Texas Legislature Seeks Tough Immigration Law

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Republican-dominated Texas legislature seeks tough immigration lawFollowing big victories in the midterm elections, Republican lawmakers in Texas are gunning for Arizona-type immigration laws.  

The Dallas Morning News reports that similar bills have been squashed by Democratic maneuvers in past sessions, but the newly acquired supermajorities for Texas Republicans suggest that strict immigration reform will be adopted in the Lone Star State. The new session begins on Jan. 11.

The Republican agenda resembles the one in Arizona, which has the toughest immigration laws in the United States. According to the news provider, Texas lawmakers are pushing bills that would allow law enforcement to inquire about the suspects' citizenship status and allow the arrest of those who are in the U.S. illegally.

Republicans have also proposed statutes that would require students at public schools to show proof of citizenship, so the state could eliminate education funding for illegal immigrants.

"[Texans] are fed up with political correctness," said Representative Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball), quoted by the news provider.

Across the country, Wisconsin legislator Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) said that he plans to introduce an Arizona-type immigration law in 2011, when Republicans gain majority of the House, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Among other provisions, the bill would repeal an ordinance that allows residents to receive social service benefits without proving their citizenship. 

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