Arizona targets citizenship of U.S.-born illegals

Bill aims to bring dispute to court

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Republican Sen. John McComish of Phoenix voiced reservations about the bill, saying Arizona has spent enough time and energy trying to confront its immigration woes.

Last year, lawmakers passed a bill to draw local police deeper into the fight against illegal immigration. The most controversial parts of that law were put on hold by a federal judge. In previous years, the state has passed laws denying government benefits to illegal immigrants, denying bail to immigrants arrested for serious crimes, and creating the state crime of immigration smuggling.

“There is some evidence that our preoccupation with these issues has hurt our tourism industry in particular,” Mr. McComish said.

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