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Updated Jul 6, 2012 - 12:07 pm

State lawmaker blasts Calif. 'anti-Arizona' bill

The California Senate has passed a bill that its supporters call the "anti-Arizona" bill and at least one Arizona lawmaker said it's "anti-America."

The bill will prevents illegal immigrants from being asked about their immigration status by law enforcement, unless they have been convicted of a felony or violent crime. It could be on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk within weeks.

"Hopefully all of the illegal immigrants in Arizona will go to California and they can pay the price," said Arizona Republican lawmaker John Kavanagh said. "It's a bigger problem for America and as long as California is in America they should obey the law."

California Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said the bill signals to the nation that California cannot afford to be another Arizona.

"California can't afford to be California anymore," said Kavanagh.

"The only ones who are hurting this country are [President Obama and California] and any other state that turns its back on enforcing our reasonable immigration laws."

Recently the Supreme Court upheld the most controversial aspect of Arizona's immigration law Senate Bill 1070 -- the requirement that police officers check the immigration status of people they stop.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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