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Frederick County officials seek Arizona-style immigration law for Md.

August 27, 2010

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Three Republican elected officials from Frederick County are seeking an Arizona-style immigration law for Maryland.

The measure proposed Thursday by County Commissioner John Thompson, state Delegate Charles Jenkins and Sheriff Chuck Jenkins would make it a state offense to be in the country illegally.

It also would require local police to question people about their immigration status if the officer has reason to suspect they are illegal. And it would prohibit hiring illegal immigrants for day labor.

The measure's first hurdle is acceptance by the Frederick County Commissioners for their 2011 legislative package. The board will discuss legislative proposals Tuesday.

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Should it be accepted by the county, the measure would then require approval by the Democrat-controlled Maryland General Assembly.

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