PHOENIX, Arizona (KPNX) An Arizona State lawmaker is drawingpolitical fire for proposed legislation banning people from using publicresources if they are in the state illegally.
RepublicanRepresentative Carl Seel contends he just wants to protect state coffersand hold people to their promise of leaving on their own terms.
But the 22 lines he authored have immigration rights activists accusing the lawmaker of racial profiling.
Seelsays it's really a continuation of the proper role of the stategovernment in relation to the federal government and enforcingimmigration law
But immigration activist disagree. They call the measure bad politics and say such measures simply divide communities.
Arefamilies going to be concerned with now do we not only take our picnicstuff do we also have to take our papers? Is this what it's going toresort to?" said Lydia Guzman of the League of United Latin AmericanCitizens.
Guzman says sees fear in this plan and says some inher community are buzzing with worry wondering if it's time to pack upand leave.
This is no longer the time when people were jumping onthe bandwagon to be anti-immigrant. This is no longer the time whenpeople can win on being anti-immigrant. What is he doing?" asks Guzman.
Guzman says she thinks Representative Seel's plan issmokescreen for new roundups of undocumented families out enjoyingplaces like parks insisting there's much more to the legislation.
Sofar Seel is the only sponsor and it's unclear whether any committeewill take up the plan to make it criminal for those not legally in thestate to use public resources.