The Grand Canyon State is on the verge of wreaking havoc on the immigrant community again with SB 1611. I was sent a copy of the bill, which is scheduled to be heard tomorrow in the state senate’s appropriations committee. It’s reference title is “Immigration Omnibus” because it has a bunch of provisions aimed at immigrants touching on K-12 education, state universities and community colleges, operating a motor vehicle, requiring parents to provide a copy of a birth certificate from US states or territories in order to enroll a child in school, and more.
SB 1611 would also ban undocumented students from attending Arizona public colleges and universities with Pearce saying, “They can’t be employed” in this country so their education doesn’t benefit the state, even if those students pay the full tuition price out of pocket.
This new bill will also put enforcement measures into e-verify and says that consular identification cards will not be valid identification in the state of Arizona.
It is going to be an interesting week in Arizona to say the least. As immigration is brought to the forefront, the policies continue to ratchet up enforcement efforts.