Minnesota Lawmaker Pushes Immigration BillA Minnesota state lawmaker is pushing immigration legislation modeled on a tough new Arizona law.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota state lawmaker is pushing
immigration legislation modeled on a tough new Arizona law.
Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Wabasha introduced a bill Thursday that would require law enforcement
officers to intervene if they have "reasonable suspicion" that a person is an illegal immigrant.
The bill would also make failure to carry immigration documents
a state crime punishable with fines, jail time or both.
Groups ranging from labor unions to human rights advocates are
criticizing the proposal.
Minneapolis labor union president Javier says the bill is "a lightning rod for intolerance, bigotry and hate" and would lead to racial profiling.