Citizens who want to back an initiative addressing illegal immigrant issues consider signing Initiative 1277. A summary follows:
"This measure would require employers and public agencies to verify individuals' identity and eligibility for employment and certain public benefits. It would impose sanctions for employing unauthorized aliens. Verification of identity and citizenship or immigration status would be required upon certain criminal charges. Voters and candidates would be required to prove citizenship. Proof of citizenship or immigration status would be required for driver's licenses and government-issued identity cards. Certain immigration related reporting requirements would be imposed."
This petition is crafted as an effort to address the problems associated with the presence of numerous illegal aliens in our state.
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JAMES CHESHIRE, Richland