On the heels of the recent passage of Arizona’s historic and controversial new immigration law, lawmakers in at least five other states are calling for their legislatures to implement similar measures.
With a federal plan nowhere near complete, political leaders from Utah, Texas, Georgia, Ohio and Maryland are pushing for aggressive state laws to help curb illegal immigration, CBS News reports.
Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle said that she will introduce a similar bill to the one recently passed in Arizona during Texas’ next legislative session in January, Newsmax reports.
Riddle added that "if [the] Federal government did their job, then Arizona wouldn’t have to take this action, and neither would Texas."
Meanwhile, illegal immigration is expected to be a major issue of concern in the upcoming midterm elections. In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal is already beginning his push for stricter state regulations concerning immigration.
"I agree with the Arizona governor and legislature that the Federal government has failed miserably at protecting our borders and enacting sensible solutions that would protect our states, counties and cities from bearing the enormous costs associated with illegal immigration," Deal said on Tuesday. "As governor of Georgia, I’d work to pass and sign similar legislation."