Arizona hospitals may soon check immigration status

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona may soon require hospitals check your immigration status, before giving you care.

The proposal is the latest push to crackdown on illegal immigration.

A state senate committee heard testimony on SB 1405 Monday.  The bill would require hospitials to confirm if patients are in the country illegally before giving them non-emergency care, then contact immigration authorities if the patient is not.

If the person is seeking emergency care, immigration officials would be contacted once the patient is successfully treated.