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You might have thought lawmakers in Arizona were demoralized in the wake of the federal court decision striking down their sweeping crackdown on immigration. If so, you'd be wrong: the Arizona legislature has crafted a new raft of anti-illegal immigration laws that are winding their way through various committees and may come up for a vote soon.
The most controversial of those measures--a bill that seeks to end "birthright citizenship" for children of illegal immigrants--passed out of committee on Tuesday. Similar bills have been introduced in Indiana, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Here's a rundown of the proposed bills:
• Legislation that would require hospitals to check immigration status of patients who don't have health insurance. Hospital officials would notify law enforcement if the patient couldn't produce ID, but would still be required to treat the patients in an emergency.
• A bill to require schools to check immigration status of students and notify law enforcement if a child cannot provide it.
• A measure that would bar illegal immigrants from living in public housing. If someone living in a unit is discovered to not have papers, the entire group living in the apartment would be evicted.
• A bill that would make it a state crime for an illegal immigrant to drive a car.
• A bill to suspend state licenses for businesses that don't use the federal E-Verify system to ensure employers are citizens or legal residents.