By CHRISTY ORGETA, Updated 9:16 AM PDT, Wed, Mar 24, 2010
Local police in Arizona may soon have the ability to arrest illegal immigrants on trespassing charges for simply being in the state.
The new provision, called a first in the nation by both opponents and proponents, was given preliminary approval by Arizona legislature the New York Times reported Tuesday.
The bill has received criticism from several police chiefs and sheriffs. According to the Times, the bill was called burdensome, impractical, and a tactic that will scare immigrants out of cooperating with investigations and reporting crime.