Arizona Senate committee approves another strict immigration bill

Arizona continues to be at the center of the nation-wide immigration debate as a committee in its state Senate recently passed a bill that would further crack down on undocumented immigrants.

Senate Bill 1611 was passed by the Senate’s Appropriations Committee and would make it illegal for undocumented workers to drive a vehicle and it would make allowing such a person to live in public housing a crime, according to Courthouse News Service. In addition, the law would require parents to produce proof that their child is a citizen before they can be enrolled in public or private schools. If the parents fail to do so, the school would be required by the law to report them to authorities.

Arizona thrust itself to the forefront of the immigration debate with last year’s passage of Senate Bill 1070, which, among other things, would require law enforcement to inquire about a suspects’ immigration status. Since then many states have attempted to follow suit, introducing similarly heavy-handed immigration proposals.

“[Senate Bill 1611] is miles beyond SB 1070 in terms of its potential to roll back the rights and fundamental freedoms of both citizens and noncitizens alike,” Alessandra Soler Meetze, the executive director of the ACLU of Arizona, told the news source.