Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB-1070 “Papers Please” law, has introduced a new bill attacking immigrants and their children. Called the Omnibus Immigration Bill, the proposed law would make it harder for undocumented immigrants to register their children for school and create a new crime for state workers who don’t report undocumented immigrants.
The bill would also make it illegal for undocumented students to attend community colleges and state universities. This provision would undercut young undocumented Arizonans possible eligibility for the DREAM Act.
DREAM Activists were particularly active in Arizona, and the provision is seen as payback by Pearce.
Pearce defended the anti-DREAMer proposal saying that since the students can’t work legally, he is opposed to educating them.
Currently, undocumented students are not eligible for in-state college tuition and their tuition fees help underwrite the costs of college for other Arizonans.
Pearce used the quiet President’s Day weekend to gain publicity for his bill. Pearce is the President of the Arizona State Senate.