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Arizona puts Texas-style immigration plan on November ballot

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Lawmakers in the western US state of Arizona voted Tuesday to put a contentious anti-immigration plan on the ballot in November’s election.

Voters will weigh the proposal, modeled on a Texas bill, which would make crossing the border illegally a state crime and give local judges the power to kick people out of the country.

Border control is customarily a federal matter in the United States.

The move came the same day Democratic President Joe Biden announced an executive order allowing the government to temporarily close the border with Mexico to asylum seekers.

The Republican Party-backed plan in Arizona is the latest to address the hot-button issue of immigration in the border state, where the increase in migrant numbers over recent years has been keenly felt.

Arizona is a key electoral battleground, won by Biden in 2020 by just 10,000 votes. It is expected to be vital again in this year’s knife-edge rematch with Donald Trump.

Republicans hope that by putting the issue on the ballot in November, they will draw supporters to the polls who will also vote for the party’s slate of candidates, including Trump.

Democrats meanwhile will be hoping the measure will galvanize turnout for those opposed to the measure — even as Biden seeks migration curbs of his own.

Iowa and Oklahoma have also enacted laws partially cribbing from the Texas legislation.

The Texas law is being challenged in appeals court, with politicians in the state vowing to continue the fight all the way to the conservative dominated US Supreme Court.

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