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A state legislator in Texas has introduced what’s being called an “Arizona-style” bill:

HB 16 would require voters to present photo identification or two forms of non-photo identification.

HB 17 is similar to the Arizona immigration law. It would allow law enforcement officers to charge an immigrant, already detained on another charge, who lacks proper documentation with criminal trespass — a Class B misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $2,000 and maximum jail time of six months.

It’s absurd we even have to debate the first proposal, but the second is actually different from the Arizona measure — the criminal-trespass element was something the framers of the Arizona law considered but ultimately didn’t pursue.

Meanwhile, Governor Perry has reiterated his I’m-personally-pro-life-but-don’t-want-to-impose-my-views-style dodge regarding such a law:

Gov. Rick Perry says his perspective hasn’t changed after state lawmakers filed Arizona-style bills intended to crack down on illegal immigration.

Perry on Tuesday reiterated his support of Arizona seeking to require police to sometimes question people about their immigration status, but said the law as written isn’t right for Texas.

Republican lawmakers filed several hardline immigration bills Monday, the first day for proposing legislation to be considered in the upcoming session.

Perry said he wouldn’t “take the bait” and declare that he would veto certain legislation. Fresh off winning a third full term, Perry said “we’ll go through the process” when the Legislature convenes in January.



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