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Could Arizona Immigration Reform Come to Texas?

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - As tensions heat up over immigration reform in Arizona, many are left wondering if something similar will become law in Texas as well. NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos sat down with several state lawmakers to get an answer.

Arizona's law is set to go into effect this summer... It's a controversial decision giving police the authority to question people about their immigration status... Forcing them to prove they are here legally. 

Like Arizona, Texas has had long-running issues with border security. While the Lone Star State doesn't currently have a law like that on the books, the lawmakers we spoke with say it's a distinct possibility in the near future... Especially since they say the feds aren't doing their job of securing those borders.

State Representative John Smithee says, "We end up with a lot of people in Arizona as well as Texas who are here illegally. We don't know who they are or why they're here. Some of them pose a real security threat. Not only from the standpoint of terrorism, but particularly in the area of drugs and crime syndicates that we're seeing both in Texas and in Arizona." 

Smithee says an immigration law like Arizona's could and probably should be talked about when the legislature meets in January of next year.

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