A Republican legislator says he plans to introduce a Wisconsin version of Arizona’s controversial SB-1070 immigration law.
State Rep. Don Pridemore said he will introduce his bill in 2011, when a new Republican majority takes over, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“I want Wisconsin to be recognized as a state that will be on the side of Arizona,” he said.
The bill would require everyone charged with a crime in Wisconsin to prove they are in the country legally. If they cannot do so, they would be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Pridemore’s bill would end sanctuary cities in Wisconsin.
Residents would be able to sue local governments for not enforcing immigration laws. Counties and municipalities could be compelled to pay penalties of up to $500 a day.
The bill would repeal a Madison ordinance allowing residents to receive social service benefits without proving citizenship. Madison is the state capital, home of the University of Wisconsin and a liberal enclave.