DENVER (AP) — Immigration bills expected to come before Colorado lawmakers this year have been introduced, starting what promises to be a contentious debate.
Two dozen Republican lawmakers have proposed an Arizona-style immigration crackdown. Senate Bill 54 would allow police officers to arrest someone they suspect may be an illegal immigrant. The bill does not include another divisive aspect of Arizona’s law, a requirement that immigrants obtain or carry immigration registration papers.
Two of the Republican sponsors have also introduced another bill that would require prospective voters to show proof of citizenship.
Democrats who control the Senate have warned that the immigration crackdown faces an uphill battle.
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