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Alabama passes Arizona-style immigration reform law

The Alabama House has passed an Arizona-style immigration reform measure.

The Alabama House voted 73 to 28 Tuesday to pass an Arizona-style immigration law giving state law enforcement officers authority to detain people they suspect of being illegal immigrants.

The state is the first to pass a measure similar to the controversial law passed in Arizona. A number of states have proposed similar laws, however, none have passed.

Supporters of the proposal say the measure is aimed at stopping illegal immigrants from entering the state and taking jobs. Opponents of the measure say it violates the rights of immigrants and will result in racial profiling.

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