Second lawmaker tables sweeping immigration bill

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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 2:31 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - A Belle Chasse legislator has withdrawn his broad immigration bill, similar to an Arizona law being challenged in the courts.

Independent Rep. Ernest Wooton says his bill would help secure the borders. But critics say the measure's $11 million estimated cost would strain state and local governments and immigrants' rights' advocates say the bill would lead to racial profiling.

The measure would have created a series of new state crimes, such as a ban on illegal immigrants seeking work, and impose new requirements on certain employers, state officials and police officers.

Wooton voluntarily deferred the bill Monday, scrapping the proposal for the current legislative session. This comes weeks after Rep. Joe Harrison of Napoleonville deferred his own controversial proposal.

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