AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers are closely watching Arizona’s get-tough immigration law, with Democrats saying the legislation is wrongheaded while some Republicans say they’ll push for similar action here.
“The first priority for any elected official is to make sure that the safety and security of Texans is well-established,” said Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball. “If our federal government did their job, then Arizona wouldn’t have to take this action, and neither would Texas.”
Riddle said she introduced a similar measure last legislative session — it stalled in committee — and said she’ll do the same when the Legislature next meets in regular session in January.
The Arizona law, which has sparked protests and questions over its constitutionality, would require local and state officers to check immigration status when confronted with evidence that someone was unlawfully in the United States.