Idaho Lawmaker Aiming for Arizona Style Immigration Law
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho lawmaker says he'll push Arizona-style immigration reform if voters return him to the state Legislature.
Sen. Mike Jorgenson, a Hayden Lake Republican, still must survive his May 25 GOP primary, where he faces Steve Vick. There's no Democratic foe for November's general election.
Jorgenson, who has tried unsuccessfully to enact a law to punish Idaho employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, vowed to push "an exact duplicate of the Arizona law" in the 2011 Legislature.
Arizona's new law requires police to ask for citizenship documents from those suspected of committing a crime, if officers had reasonable cause to believe the suspect was an illegal alien. Jorgenson says following suit in Idaho would "force Congress to get off their kiesters."
At least nine states are considering Arizona-style laws.
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