Michigan Immigration Proposal Drawing Protest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A proposal to allow Michigan police to try to determine the immigration status of people who are stopped on a violation is sparking protest.

The legislation introduced this week was the subject of a protest Saturday at a Detroit church. Opponents say it's modeled after a much-debated Arizona immigration law.

The Michigan proposal deals with cases where police have stopped or arrested someone for a violation who could "reasonably be suspected" of being illegally in the U.S. Providing a valid driver's license or other state-issued identification card would be sufficient proof of legal status.

The bill's supporters say provisions guard against racial profiling.

The bill introduced by Republican Rep. Dave Agema of Grandville also calls for verifying the immigration status of adults before they can receive welfare benefits.


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  • by Tom L Location: Trenton on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    I worked with illegals and was shocked when two were arrested for drunk driving and one served time for assaulting an officer and neither were deported. Ask any cop, they aren't allowed to even call immigration. Truly the liberals laws and take on society is bizarre
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:40 AM
    For how many years have so many illegals been here?The government has allowed so many things at a turn their heads deal.Now they want to change it?Jobs went over seas and Government didn't stop,now we need jobs so CUT programs that are very needed.The People get punished for what government turned their heads on ?????
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    The Government has turned their heads many times & not stopped illegals from being here.They continue to have children,work as much as they can,& most are no problem at all.I suppose if we lived in their country we would want out of there as well.The Government lets many things go by till a real big problem happens.Just like they watched job after job leave this country.oops! now look at the shape we are in.Who's fault are so many things.Turn their heads & now want to get people out of this country.Let jobs go to other countries & now want to cut this or that which hurt so many people.Look at gas prices.They will bring this country right back down.Nothing is the governments fault?So people get punished for what they didn't cause?
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