Pennsylvania Looks to Copy Arizona Law

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HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, announced an initiative modeled on Arizona law SB 1070 that criminalizes undocumented immigrants, allowing local and state police to check immigration status, Ponte al Día reports.

Metcalfe said an estimated 140,000 undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania cost taxpayers more than $728 million a year.

Among the state representatives supporting the proposal are Tom Creighton (R- Lancaster), John Galloway (D-Bucks), Scott Perry (R-Cumberland/York) and Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny).

Rep. David Argall (R-Tamaqua) said that although the proposal could face a constitutional challenge in the state, there is “considerable support to do anything to strengthen immigration policy.”

But state Rep. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) said he wouldl present an initiative to ensure the separation of state and federal immigration laws. Under his proposal, no state or local agency of Pennsylvania would be obliged to enforce federal immigration laws or investigate someone's immigration status.