The California Secretary of State’s office today authorized a signature drive to place an Arizona-style immigration law before California voters.
Called the “Support Federal Immigration Law Act,” the proposal was submitted to state authorities in September by Michael Erickson, a Tea Party activist in in the Bay Area city of Belmont and former chair of the Sonoma County Republican Party.
Erickson, speaking at a videotaped rally on his initiative’s website, said he worked with a legal team to draft a version of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, which requires that police investigate a person’s legal status if an office has reasonable suspicion of that status.
“Since we’re never going to get something like this passed through the Democrat-controlled Legislature, it’s going to be we the people who are going to make it happen,” Erickson said at the rally.
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