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State officials are picking new targets in their efforts to stop illegal immigration in Arizona: the "drop houses" where human smugglers hold customers until they pay up.
Gov. Janet Napolitano, addressing the opening day of the Legislature on Monday, said the state should go after property managers who knowingly rent homes to smugglers.
"Strengthen the law, so we can get to that middleman," she said while offering no specific suggestions to hold rental agents accountable.
Republican state Rep. Russell Pearce, the Legislature's staunchest advocate for tougher immigration enforcement, said he intends to propose a bill that would target the assets of people involved in immigrant smuggling.
"If they are knowingly harboring illegal aliens and facilitating drop houses, they should lose everything they have," Pearce said.