Bill would make it illegal for undocumented to use resources

AZ House Bill 2192 would make it illegal for undocumented immigrants to use public resources

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He authored a bill that would have required President Obama and other candidates running for president to prove they're U.S. citizens.  

He's also supported SB 1070.

Now a Republican state representative has crafted a new bill that would make it illegal for some undocumented immigrants to use any public resources -- even driving on public roads or using a public bathroom.

But does this bill have a chance?

Rep. Carl Seel introduced HB 2192, which basically makes it a misdemeanor for some people who are in this country illegally to drive down the street or even hop on a city bus.

From the outset, it sounds ridiculous.  How are you going to get stopped for driving down the road?

Well, even Rep. Seel says it's a bill that probably won't even make it anywhere close to becoming law.   

"I mean, I got to be honest with you, a bill like this probably won't get a hearing.  Not to say this bill shouldn't be heard, I just think given how fast we're moving this session, I don't know we'll have time to hear this," said Seel.

Seel admits HB 2192 is not a top priority for lawmakers and while it probably won't ever be discussed in session, many of his constituents are discussing the bill.

"This is so ridiculous that I feel attacked by this because it's going to be really hard to determine who's here legally and who's not.  That's the problem with these types of bills.. that it opens the door to discrimination," said Lydia Guzman of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The bill makes it a misdemeanor for some in this state to illegally to use any public resource, which by definition, includes driving on a public road or highway, accepting any public benefit, attending public school or using the services of any public entity in this state.

"So it's not for the general public, it's only for the people who have already had their day in court," said Seel.

Seel says the law only applies to people who have been ordered to self-deport, but don't.  But that's not clear in the bill, which sounds like literally anybody on the street could be stopped.

"You might think that in the language and I understand that and that's why I interviewed with people in the media to clarify that it's only people who've had their day in court," said Seel.

Many question how would law enforcement even know that?  That answer appears to be a moot point, just like the bill itself.

"I doubt an issue like this is going to move anywhere, so even though I'm the sponsor of this bill, I'm telling you it's probably not going to move," said Seel.

So what is the point?

"If you've got a court order that says you need to leave the state by a certain date, you should honor that," said Seel.

"This sends that message.. fear sends a message of unwelcomeness," said Guzman.

Rep. Seel says theoretically, if this bill ever became law, it would only apply to about 5,000 people, because again, it would punish only those who've been through the court system for using public resources.

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