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GOP Leaders: No hurry to pass immigration bill


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s Republican governor and legislative leaders are in no hurry to pass an Arizona-style immigration bill that was introduced Tuesday.

A spokesman for Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald says his caucus will probably consider the measure, but not in the immediate future.

Spokesmen for the Republican governor and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald say they’re focused on the budget and job creation at the moment.

The bill from Assembly Republican Don Pridemore of Hartford would let police detain suspects if they cannot prove they’re in the U.S. legally. Those who cannot prove residency would be turned over to federal immigration officials.

Communities would be fined $500 a day for not enforcing the law – so they don’t create sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. The bill’s enforcement measures are not as strict as the Arizona law – and they don’t call for sanctions against companies which employ illegal immigrants.

Pridemore says the issue should have been addressed long ago when, “the federal government and the current administration stopped efforts to secure our borders.”

Over the half the states have considered measures similar to Arizona’s law. But Georgia and Utah are the only ones to pass something.