The sponsor of a bill to establish a so-called state guard in Arizona says it is a necessary step in controlling out-of-control illegal immigration.
The state legislature will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would earmark $1.9 million to establish the state guard, which would be used in response to natural disasters but also to help choke off the flow of immigrants and drug smugglers from Mexico.
"Something has to be done about the situation at the border -- people are being terrorized," Republican State Sen. Sylvia Allen told The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. "I don't have any illusion that we can solve our border problem, but this would help."
The plan would make Arizona the 23rd state in the nation to establish a state guard or militia. Such units are used as auxiliaries to the National Guard; however, the newspaper said the Arizona guard would be the first to take up a permanent role in border security.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order last year to create the volunteer force, which would have the authority to arrest illegal immigrants.
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