Texas Lawmakers Advance Ariz.-Like Immigration Bill

Law360, New York (February 16, 2011, 7:10 PM EST) -- A Texas immigration bill modeled after the controversial Arizona statute has moved forward in the state's legislature.

H.B. 296 — which would, among other provisions, authorize police officers to ask immigration status questions during routine arrests or detentions, including traffic stops — was referred to the Texas House's Committee for State Affairs on Tuesday.

Texas State Rep. Leo Berman, a Republican from Smith County, told Law360 on Wednesday that the difference between his bill and the Arizona statute turned on language.

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