Arizona Legislature considers bill to make 2006 immigration measure retroactive

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February 17, 2011

PHOENIX, Arizona: A measure in 2006 that was passed by Arizona voters may be undergoing changes to make it retroactively take effect. The measure, Proposition 300, requires verification of immigration status of persons who are applying for state-funded services such as child care and adult education. This also includes in-state tuition and financial aid for college students. The enacted measure was approved by about 70 of Arizona registered voters.[1]

On February 16, 2011, a State House Committee approved the legislation that would make the measure retroactive to 2004. The legislature proposed this law due to a particular case in which a state rancher, Roger Barnett, lost a lawsuit pertaining to 16 illegal immigrants. The immigrants accused Barnett of illegally imprisoning them.

On the other side of the argument, Jaime Ferrant, member of the Border Action Network, stated, "This bill would establish that a certain person, or certain persons, are so important that we must make sure that they get their own set of laws to protect them."[2]

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