Ariz. House postpones vote on immigration bill

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House postponed a vote Wednesday on a bill that would criminalize the presence of illegal border-crossers in the state and ban soft immigration policies in police agencies.

The proposal would make Arizona the only state to criminalize the presence of the state's estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants through an expansion of its trespassing law.

It would prohibit police departments from having policies that restrict the enforcement of federal immigration law and require officers to try to determine people's immigration status when there's reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally.

A similar bill cleared the Senate in February.

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