It's arguably the toughest measure in the country against undocumented immigrants. A new bill passed by the Arizona House makes it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in that state. It also permits local police to determine whether people are in the country legally.
According to a Los Angeles Times report: "Immigrant rights groups were horrified, and contended that Arizona had just been transformed into a police state."
The measure would create the new crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document. It would allow officers to arrest immigrants who are unable to show documents proving they're legally in the country. Read more