Reported By Cara Kumari NASHVILLE, Tenn.An increased push to combat illegal immigration will start Saturday in the Volunteer State. It's just one of several new controversial laws that will take effect New Year's Day. The Davidson County Sheriff's Office has been checking the immigration status of everyone who is incarcerated there for three years. Starting Saturday, all other law enforcement agencies will have to follow suit. Some call it an unfunded mandate; others have said it's a matter of identifying people who are breaking the law. "We thought it was important that the jailer, while they had them there, could go on and check their status and check with the federal agencies to see if they are illegal or not," said Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville. Another new law will make it a crime for someone to use a false or hidden phone number while calling someone in Tennessee with an auto dialer. State lawmakers passed the bill after seniors complained about the calls, but the new law will only apply to those who make those calls within the state's borders. "It's my hope that it would serve as a pilot program and the federal government would pick up on this thing and maybe pass federal legislation doing the same thing nationwide," said Rep. Gary Moore, D-Joelton. Another new law will help prosecutors punish people who use cameras to shoot up the skirts of women in public places. The problem has been the current law doesn't allow prosecution if law enforcement can't identify the victim. "The people were just getting away with it, and they would take cameras away from these people and they would find other pictures on the camera, and they could not do anything about any of the victims," said Maggart. A new law will also require first-time offenders convicted of having a blood alcohol level of at least 0.15 percent to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle. For a complete list of laws taking effect Saturday, click here.
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