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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Latoya Peterson tagged arizonacopycat

"Advocates for immigrants said they were watching closely because anything is possible in the final days of the legislative session. Immigrants, [documented and undocumented], have thronged the Capitol to protest the bills, which they say are unconstitutional and racist and an effort to blame immigrants for the state’s economic morass.

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"Immigrant and civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at halting a Utah immigration law that they say will create a police state and is too much like one of the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law, which is also before the courts.

"The Utah law, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March, requires people to prove their citizenship if they're arrested for serious crimes _ ranging from certain drug offenses to murder _ while giving police discretion to check citizenship on traffic infractions and other lesser offenses."

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"Utah is one of 21 states currently discussing copycat legislation following Arizona's SB 1070. 'What they did in Arizona was wrong, and it looks like Utah is next,' Salvador Lazalde, president of the United Mexican Federation, told ColorLines yesterday by phone."

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"Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands."

"President Barack Obama's administration recently filed suit in federal court to block it, arguing immigration is a federal issue. The law's backers say Congress isn't doing anything meaningful about illegal immigration, so it's the state's duty to step up."

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It’s about 2,500 miles from this green, rural town in the rolling hills near Vermont to the Mexican border at Nogales, but that hasn’t stopped Jackson from making a bid to be New York’s small version of Arizona in the immigration wars. Or that’s how it is beginning to feel two months after Jackson — which has 1,700 people, no village, no grocery store or place to buy gasoline, no church, no school, two restaurants and maybe a few Spanish-speaking farm workers — decided it needed a law requiring that all town business be conducted in English.

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