Mesa, Ariz. Copying Utah Immigration Law

Friday, 27 May 2011 02:01 PM

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The set Utah immigration laws Gov. Gary Herbert signed earlier this year continues to roil Republicans in the state, yet it’s still serving as a template for lawmakers in other states. Even in the home district of the leading Arizona anti-immigration advocate there’s a move to copy the law, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday.

esa, utah, immigrationIn Mesa, Ariz., the Human Relations Advisory Board voted to forward its version of the Utah law to the full City Council. Mesa happens to be represented, in part, by state Senate President Russell Pearce, who has successfully pushed for the passage of the nation’s toughest immigration laws in Arizona.

Pearce faces a recall election effort as well. But he isn’t daunted by either of the developments.

“It’s the same myths and the same lies from the liberal media and open-borders crowd,” Pearce said. “My constituency knows me, my district knows me — that’s why I have a 16-0 record with wins in my district.”

Pearce shepherded through the state Legislature a set of immigration laws that allow local law enforcement officials to asked immigrants about their status if police suspect that they don’t have permission to be here. The passage of the immigration measures lead to outcries that the law would result in racial profiling.

In Utah, lawmakers passed an immigration enforcement measure as well. But lawmakers there coupled that with a guest-worker program.

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