Should Tennessee adopt immigration laws similar to Arizona?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--The Tennessee State House adopting a resolution to commend Arizona on their new tough immigration laws.

We set out to see what your fellow neighbors think about the new laws and Tennessee getting involved.

It turns out, many of you agree with Arizona and Tennessee's new proposal.

Starting in July, Arizona authorities must question people about their immigration status, if they suspect they are in the country illegally.

"Thumbs up Arizona,” exclaimed John Frye, an East Tennessee resident, “I think it's a good idea. I think all states should do it. How else are we going to control it?"

That feeling was shared even by some area immigrants.

“I think immigrants should come to this country by established legal means,” said Michael MacDonald, a Canadian immigrant. "My parents came to this country as immigrants by all the legal procedures. I am an immigrant myself."

The new Tennessee measure would congratulate Arizona lawmakers for protecting their citizens and US borders. But some feel that alone isn’t enough.

"I feel a more unified and concerted effort with all the states would prove to be a bigger driving force than any individual state on its own,” said MacDonald.

"I'm a Tennessean,” said Frye. “I'm a Vol fan and I agree with it one hundred percent. I'm behind the state of Tennessee."

Some members of the Democratic Party have said Tennessee shouldn't get involved in the controversy because it could cause the state to lose hotel and convention business.

"That seems a little far fetched for me,” said MacDonald.

Others think Arizona should be a role model for the rest of the nation.

“I think all states should do it,” Frye said about the state house’s commendation.

We asked Knoxville resident Thomas Watson if he would like to see Tennessee pass a law cracking down on illegal immigration and he responded, “I would."

It remains to be seen if the state will, but for now the Tennessee lawmakers are pushing to say "good job" to Arizona for being the first to implement stiffer immigration policies.

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