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Arizona governor rejects immigration restriction bills

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano [official website] Friday vetoed a series of bills that would have prohibited illegal immigrants from receiving child care assistance, instate tuition benefits and given the state police power to enforce federal immigration laws. Supporters of the tuition bill, [HB 2030] including sponsor Tom Boone [official website], contend it is wrong to let immigrant students take advantage of instate tuition when out-of-state students who are legal citizens must pay more to attend college in Arizona. Napolitano noted the bill goes too far by punishing even longtime residents of the state who were brought here as small children by their parents. The legislation appears to be in response to a 2004 voter-approved law that denies some government benefits to illegal immigrants. Also Friday, the governor signed into law a bill that bars local governments from putting taxpayer money into day labor centers that help illegal immigrants find work. AP as more.

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