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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ARIZONA AND KANSAS BACK OFF IMMIGRATION BILLS

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Wow, the home states of Russell Pearce, Joe Arpaio and Kris Kobach decide there are lines they don't want to cross. Arizona's legislature has killed five bills including the controversial birthright citizenship law. And Kansas has snubbed it's anti-immigrant pied piper (and Secretary of State) Kris Kobach by rejecting the Arizona-style bill he designed. From MSNBC regarding Arizona:



Majority Republicans were split in their votes on the defeated bills, which included two measures intended to force a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against automatic citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The other three dealt with health care, public services and everyday activities such as driving.


With business leaders urging lawmakers to put the issue aside to avoid damaging the still-ailing economy, "it's time for us to take a timeout," said Republican Sen. John McComish of Phoenix. "It's something that the people don't want us to be focusing on."


Critics also said the bills rejected Thursday were over-reaching and flawed.



And the AP reports on Kansas:



The chairman of the Kansas House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he is not giving up on his immigration bill, despite the panel's refusal to endorse the measure, which would require police to check the legal status of people they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally.


The Judiciary Committee voted Monday to table the bill indefinitely. The measure also would require governments and their contractors to run citizenship checks on new hires and require proof of citizenship for anyone seeking public aid. The provision on checking the status of suspected illegal immigrants mirrors an Arizona law enacted last year.


Critics of the bill said the measure is too broad. A coalition of business groups opposes it, saying it's likely to be burdensome both for companies and local governments.


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