Arizona Hospital Immigration Bill Pulled at Last Minute

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TUCSON -- Republican state legislators in Arizona decided on Monday not to introduce a bill that would have required hospitals during non-emergency cases to check their patients' immigration status. The bill, Senate Bill 1405, was pulled from the agenda of the Senate Judiciary Committee because it did not have enough votes to pass.

The legislation would be the farthest reaching law of its kind in the country. Critics, including many doctors and health care providers, say it would turn them into immigration agents, and could make some immigrants afraid of going to the hospital when they need medical care.