Frederick to Debate Tough Immigration Bill

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    Lawmakers in Frederick County will introduce a bill inspired by Arizona's tough illegal immigration law.

    "We've drafted a proposed Maryland law that is very similar, but not identical, to the Arizona law," said John "Lennie" Thompson, a Frederick County Commissioner.

    The bill would require state, county and local law enforcement officials check people's immigration status if they've been pulled over for a crime.

    It's being sponsored by Thompson, Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and Maryland Delegate Charles Jenkins (R - Frederick and Washington counties). The three men say they're are fed up with what they call the "federal government's lack of dealing with illegal immigration."

    The bill will be introduced at the Frederick County Commissioner's meeting at Winchester Hall next Tuesday.

    If passed, it will go on to the Maryland General Assembly for consideration in the 2011 session.