There’s a wave of controversial immigration bills now hitting Arizona lawmakers, with some people saying that the new proposed measures are even more extreme than SB 1070. Last week, the state Senate Appropriations Committee approved of Senate Bill 1611, which would strip undocumented immigrants of many basic rights that they currently have, including the right to marry.
Yet marriage might be the least of worries for illegal immigrants. The Arizona Republic reports that if passed, SB 1611 would require proof of legal status to drive a car, enroll a child in school, attend a public university, get a vehicle title, get any federal public benefits, including emergency medical services, or get any sort of license, including a marriage license. The Senate Appropriations Committee also gave approval of two bills that challenge birthright citizenship.