Will Nebraska join Arizona’s illegal immigration battle?
The uproar over a new, immigration-related law in Arizona could resound in Nebraska next year.
State Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont says he plans to introduce a similar bill in the Nebraska Legislature the next session, which begins in January. Arizona's bill requires police enforcing another law to verify a person's immigration status if there's “reasonable'' suspicion the person is in the U.S. illegally.
Supporters say it's a fair way to curb illegal immigration, while opponents say it will cause racial profiling. Janssen has already drafted a Nebraska bill, but he says it could be changed based on experiences Arizona has with its new law. He says crafting such a law so it can be enforced without racial profiling is one of the biggest hurdles.