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Bill to make illegal immigrants trespassers stalls in House

A sweeping immigration enforcement bill that would require police officers to enforce federal immigration laws and make all illegal immigrants criminal trespassers was slated to be voted on in the House today, but the effort stalled when Republican support started to slip.

Rep. David Gowan, a Sierra Vista Republican, said he only learned about the concerns of some Republicans minutes before the bill was set to go to the House floor for debate and a vote.

“We just had some issues within the (Republican) caucus,” he said. “I need to go find what those issues are.”

Gowan is the sponsor of the bill that was held, H2632, though the lawmaker behind the legislation is Sen. Russell Pearce, a Mesa Republican. Pearce’s bill, S1070, has already passed the Senate. The House had planned to amend Gowan’s measure to make it identical to Pearce’s, then substitute S1070 for H2632 on the floor vote.

That would allow S1070 to go straight to the desk of Gov. Jan Brewer, who is expected to sign it.

Gowan didn’t indicate which Republicans had problems, nor what those problems were. He said he hoped to get the bill to the floor “as soon as we can,” though he didn’t say when that might be.
“I want to make sure I’m very solid (on votes) before we go to the floor,” he said.

4 comments

  1. What is the argument here? every single alien “BROKE THE LAW!” Our Government, past & present, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals and uneducated peons which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, by any means & in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution.

    This refusal to abide by our Constitution or enforce our Immigration Laws should be classified as Treason of the most foul kind, & as grounds for impeachment & trials for Treason!

    Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions on Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders numerous children, and free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws and massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!

  2. ARIZONA, GET IT DONE! Whatever it takes to free your State and this Country of the illegal aliens I am all for. Our Federal Government and Janet Flintstone are just worthless on getting the illegal aliens out of this Country. Oh, you can’t deport 12-20 million illegal aliens they say. You can’t give !2-20 million illegal aliens amnesty, either! If the Federal Government can’t get the illegal aliens out of this Country, let the States do the job, or at least help. If they ENFORCE the law and make E-Verify mandatory in ALL businesses and ALL social services and make it so these illegal aliens can’t work or get and benefits like FREE medical care and teach their illegal alien children, they will start to self deport. STOP pandering to the illegal aliens like giving them in-State tuition.

    ARIZONA, you go! States are looking to you and Oklahoma to guide them in the right direction.

    I’m from Delaware, and we are pressing to get the Oklahoma State Illegal Immigration Law, HB 1804. passed here in Delaware. Three years ago we had about 32,000 illegal aliens here. Today we have about 68,000 illegal aliens here. We have had it! We want our State back!

  3. Don’t speak if you surely don’t know. You are right there are many illegal immigrants that are here. Many of those people are here because they wanted a shot at a better life unfortunally they could not get in their home country. Now it is not the U.S. A fault, however as an individual you will do what ever is in your power to be able to provide for ur family, even if that means that you have leave your family behind. Now illegal immigrants are just like any other citizens there are good ones and bad ones. Not all of them should have to pay for the mistakes of others. And by the way illegals do pay their taxes well some but again there are others who being citizens avoided at all cost.

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