Ariz. Senate Expands Restrictions for Illegals

Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 03:50 PM

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Arizona lawmakers moved Monday to increase the restrictions on illegal immigrants, including requiring proof of legal status before they can receive many public benefits, the Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
The state Senate preliminarily approved one bill to require public housing officials to evict anyone who allows an illegal immigrant to live with them.

Another bill would restrict the Arizona Department of Public Safety to conducting fingerprint checks only on those who can prove they’re in the country legally. Many jobs and work permits require a state-issued fingerprint-clearance card.
In addition, a Senate resolution would ask voters to change the state Constitution to prohibit state workers and officials from using a language other than English for official communications.

All the measures still require a formal roll-call vote in the Senate before they can move to the House for consideration.

The full Senate also is expected to vote on other broader immigration measure in coming days, including preventing children born outside the U.S. from attending Arizona school, prohibiting illegal immigrants from driving and buying a car, and denying marriage licenses to illegal immigrants.

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