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Omaha Senator proposes alternative to immigration bill

Omaha State Senator Brenda Council is looking to Nebraska's Congressional delegation for a little help when it comes to sorting through the controversy of local immigration law. On Jan. 18, Council introduced a resolution to Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen's Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act. Janssen's Arizona-style bill, LB48, would require police officers to check a suspect’s resident status during routine stops or arrests if there is reason to believe the person could be in the country illegally. But Council proposes that the state wait to enact local laws, often resulting in long and costly court battles, until a comprehensive reform of immigration policy is reached at the federal level. She hopes the resolution will be given a hearing on the same day as Janssen's immigration bill.

posted at 04:25 pm
on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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