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Arizona Legislators Want to Jail Undocumented

Radio Bilinge, Posted: Jun 12, 2009

PHOENIX -- Undocumented immigrants in Arizona could be jailed simply for their immigration status if some legislators get their way, according to a Noticiero Latino report on Radio Bilinge. This week a state legislative committee approved a bill allowing the imprisonment of undocumented immigrants in the state, which until now has been the exclusive job of the federal government. The bill is expected to go before the Arizona Senate next week for a formal vote. The legislation would allow local police to arrest and jail undocumented immigrants themselves, rather than having to turn them over to federal authorities for deportation. Immigrant rights groups are calling the measure discriminatory, while others oppose the cost of maintaining undocumented immigrants in Arizona prisons.

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