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Immigration Bills Similar to Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law

A year has passed since the signing of SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law that required police officers to check the immigration status of individuals during any routine stop. Since then, many states around the country have proposed similar copycat immigration bills. Some have been ultimately rejected after being met with much protest, legal challenges, and economic boycotts from businesses and the tourism industry. But other states, like Georgia and Alabama recently passed Arizona copycat bills. Likewise, Florida’s immigration measures would subject unauthorized immigrants to jail and a fine. Indiana, on the other hand, stripped its immigration bill of such controversial enforcement measures after opposition from state businesses, and instead revised the bill to focus on tax penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized immigrant workers. For more information on the various state immigration bills, see http://immigrationimpact.com/2011/04/22/one-year-after-sb1070-states-are-still-grappling-with-cost-of-immigration-measures-2/.