Republican lawmakers in U.S. state Texas file bills for tough crackdown on illegal immigration

09:23, November 10, 2010      

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Republican lawmakers in the U.S. state of Texas are filing bills for legislative action to crack down on illegal immigration, according to a local newspaper on Tuesday.

The Republican lawmakers, buoyed by the Republican victory in the midterm elections last week, called the election a mandate for the toughest possible crackdown on illegal immigration, according to Texas Tribune.

"The overwhelming majority is saying that they want something done," state Rep. Debbie Riddle, who filed some of the early bills in January for anti-illegal immigration action, told the Texas Tribune. "They want their families to be safe."

The bills filed would require pictured IDs at polling locations, stop state funding of any local governments that provide " sanctuary" to illegal immigrants, require proof of citizenship to get a driver's license, among others.

The Republicans now control all statewide offices, the top courts and nearly two-thirds of the seats in the Texas House and Senate, and many of the bills that died in the previous sessions are expected to have a better chance to get passed, the Tribune said.

Source: Xinhua


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