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Tougher Immigration Proposals On Deck As Republicans Gain Power In 2011

December 31, 2010 by  

Tougher immigration proposals on deck as Republicans gain power in 2011Lawmakers in several states have plans to propose immigration laws that are similar to Arizona's stringent policies.

Republican gains in the midterm elections have paved the way for many conservative legislators to draft bills that match or go further than the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Arizona Senate Bill 1070), which makes it a misdemeanor crime for an immigrant to be in the Grand Canyon State without carrying the required proof-of-citizenship documents. It also allows law enforcement officials to take action against individuals who shelter, hire or transport illegal immigrants.

According to Bloomberg, Oklahoma State Representative Randy Terrill (R-Moore) is preparing a bill that would allow authorities to seize and keep the vehicle of anyone found to be harboring a passenger who is an illegal alien. Lawmakers in Missouri and Mississippi are crafting bills that would enact a "probable cause" provision, which is similar to the measure found in SB1070 that allows authorities to ask individuals who they suspect to be in the country illegally for proper documentation.

On a national level, a new Republican-led House of Representatives will likely lead to tougher immigration proposals in Congress. According to the Los Angeles Times, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), who will serve as the next chair of the Homeland Security Committee, plans to propose legislation that will reverse what he calls an "obvious lack of urgency" by President Barack Obama to secure the nation's borders. 

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