Proposal modeled after Arizona’s controversial law
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 12/06/2010 10:41:19 PM PST
As promised, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s first official act as a state lawmaker was to introduce a stiff new immigration bill.
Donnelly, a Republican from Twin Peaks, introduced Assembly Bill 26 on Monday after being sworn in on the Assembly floor.
The legislation, if approved – which is more than a long shot in the Democratic-controlled Legislature – would penalize employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and give a life prison sentence to anyone convicted of trafficking in illegal immigrants for sexual slavery.
Donnelly’s office said the bill is similar to a controversial immigration law approved in Arizona this year.
The text of the bill was not available Monday.
“A.B. 26 will end sanctuary cities by enabling citizens to sue the government if a city operates as a sanctuary for illegal aliens,” Donnelly said in a statement. “Our state needs to be a sanctuary for legal residents and the citizens of California.”
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