Ariz. Senate gives initial OK to immigration bills

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 14 at 3:03 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Bills given preliminary approval by the Arizona Senate would erect make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to find jobs and get public housing in Arizona.

The Senate's action Monday represents a dry run of sorts for broader legislation targeting illegal immigration that could be considered later this week. The broader bill includes versions of both bills considered Monday.

One of the bills would require public housing applicants to prove they are U.S citizens or legal residents. It also would require eviction of residents who let an illegal immigrant live with them in public housing.

The second bill bars people who can't prove they are in the U.S. legally from getting a state fingerprint background check card. Those cards are needed for many work permits.

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