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By Tom Barnes

HARRISBURG -- Arizona officials have taken a lot of criticism -- even from President Obama -- over their new law that makes it easier for police to stop and question suspected illegal immigrants. Some Hispanic groups claim it’s discriminatory and unfair.

But state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, one of nine Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, thinks Arizona is taking the right steps and wants to do something similar here in the Keystone State.

He is holding a news conference Tuesday at the Capitol to offer legislation modeled on what Arizona has done, which would "provide Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities with full authority to apprehend illegal aliens and other sweeping reform measures.’’

He contends that the state now spends $728 million a year in taxpayer funds "on Pennsylvania’s estimated and growing 140,000 illegal alien population."

Joining him Tuesday will be groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Citizens for Immigration Control, You Don’t Speak For Me and the Eagle Forum.

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