Arizona-style bill and E-Verify pass subcommittee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A set of immigration bills that includes an Arizona-style law allowing local law enforcement agents to question suspects about their immigration status has passed a House subcommittee.

The State and Local Government Subcommittee passed the Arizona-style bill without discussion on Wednesday.

Members saved the majority of questions for a bill that would require Tennessee's employers to use the federal E-Verify program to prove their workers are legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Representatives of several prominent business groups urged the committee to oppose the bill. They said it was a mandate that would cost businesses time and money without solving the problem of illegal immigration.

The subcommittee also passed a bill that would require agencies to verify that applicants for public benefits are legally eligible for them.

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Online:

Read HB1378, HB1379 and HB 1380 at www.capitol.tn.gov

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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