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Old 02-22-2011, 11:43 AM
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The president of the state Senate introduced legislation Monday to ban illegal immigrants from state universities and community colleges, make it a crime for them to drive in Arizona and include new public school reporting requirements that could induce the parents of children not here legally to keep them home. (http://www.svherald.com/content/news/2011/02/22/pearce-again-takes-aim-illegal-immigration - broken link)
SB 1611, set for hearing this afternoon, also would put companies that do not use a federal database to check the status of new workers out of business. And it would require cities to evict anyone in public housing who cannot prove legal presence in this country

But Senate President Russell Pearce, R-
Mesa, framed the legislation as not doing much at all.
“This is clean-up,” he told Capitol Media Services.
“All it does is do what the voters have passed in terms of no taxpayer dollars for illegals,” Pearce said. “It just ties it up.”
The Appropriations Committee also will debate SB 1308 and 1309, which together are designed to deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants born in this country, and SB 1405, which would prohibit hospitals from providing nonemergency care to illegal immigrants and require officials to call federal immigration authorities.
Pearce said SB 1611 is not challenging a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which forbids schools from refusing to enroll students who cannot prove they are legal U.S. residents. But he said nothing in the ruling prohibits schools from asking, as long as no student is turned away for failing to provide the documentation.
“We’re just counting citizens,” Pearce said.
Under current law, parents need to provide only some proof of a child’s age, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate. But nothing requires that birth certificate be from the United States.
This should be changed quickly

What could make it a deterrent is existing law which says if a parent doesn’t provide the document — in this case, one of the new documents — the school is required to notify law enforcement.
I wish they started this a long time ago.
They need this in every state.
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