Ariz. Senate backs bill on immigration enforcement

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A bill that would clear the way for local police officers to help enforce immigration laws is now positioned for a formal Arizona Senate that could come as soon as Monday.

The Senate by a voice vote Friday gave preliminary approval to the bill, which its sponsor says would erase so-called "sanctuary policies" that restrain police involvement.

The bill would prohibit state, county or local public officials from adopting policies that limit full enforcement of federal immigration law. It also requires police to verify a person's immigration status if police have a reasonable suspicion about someone's status.

The bill also would expand Arizona trespassing law to allow local authorities arrest people who sneak into the country illegally.

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