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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

This afternoon the Tucson City Council will discuss the topic of SB1070. 

Councilwoman Regina Romero is asking for a change in the way the Tucson Police Department handles immigration status questions during a stop.   She is asking for TPD not to ask about immigration status of crime victims or witnesses. Romero would like to see several changes. 

Currently TPD can question victims and witnesses of a crime about their legal status.  She feels that police shouldn't ask about legal status.  Another suggestion is to stop officers from asking the legal status of juveniles without the presence of an attorney or parent.

Keeping track of stops where immigration status is asked is another suggestion from Romero, who feels that collecting this data could help future stops and avoid discriminatory practices.

The meeting will take place today at City Hall at 1 p.m.

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