Maine lawmaker kills Arizona-style immigration bill

Posted May 11, 2011, at 5:31 a.m.
Last modified May 11, 2011, at 2:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Wells lawmaker is winning kudos from civil libertarians after withdrawing her bill that called for an immigration law similar to Arizona’s.

At Republican Rep. Kathleen Chase’s request, Judiciary Committee members voted to kill her bill. It would have required police who legally detain a person for a suspected criminal or civil violation to require that person to provide proof of citizenship.

If police have a reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien, they would have had to try to determine the person’s immigration status.

The Maine Civil Liberties Union applauded Chase’s action. The MCLU says her bill, similar to Arizona’s, violates rights to privacy and equal protection under the law.

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