California man gathering signatures for proposed immigration law similar to Arizona’s

“California voters may get a chance to weigh in on a proposal similar to Arizona’s controversial immigration law, after the secretary of state gave the go-ahead to a Belmont man to collect signatures for a proposed ballot initiative.

The proposal would require state law enforcement officials to investigate a person’s immigration status if they are “reasonably suspicious” the person is in the country illegally, and would make it a state crime for undocumented immigrants to “seek work while concealing their immigration status.” It would also make it a crime, under state law, for employers to hire an illegal immigrant either intentionally or unknowingly.

Erickson said he was careful to tailor the California proposal to address some of the concerns expressed by a federal judge over the Arizona law”

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