Bill that allows police to question citizenship approved by Senate

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) - A sweeping immigration bill intended to ramp up law enforcement efforts in Arizona has been approved by state lawmakers.

Passage by the Senate on a 17-11 vote Monday sends the bill to Gov. Jan Brewer, who has not taken a position on the measure championed by her fellow Republicans.

The bill would make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not have an alien registration document. It also would require police to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.

Other provisions allow citizen lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal for people to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.

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