Arizona-style immigration bill could be debated in Maryland
Maryland too? Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, which has prompted calls to boycott the state, should be duplicated here, says state Del. Pat McDonough.
The radio talker and Republican representing Baltimore and Harford counties said Friday he will introduce a bill in the General Assembly next year that duplicates the Arizona measure, which calls for police to stop, question and detain suspected illegal immigrants.
McDonough also said he will survey all candidates for governor and legislature for their position on the issue and says he will post the results on his website prior to the election.
While some are calling for a boycott of Arizona over the measure — mayors from San Francisco to St. Paul have ordered city employees not to use any public funds to travel to the state — others say they want to jump on the bandwagon. Some Oklahoma lawmakers, for example, say they will introduce their own bill and maybe add even harsher penalties.
-- Jean Marbella