Hutchinson Focuses on Immigration

June 22, 2006 -- Posted at 2:31 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is putting the focus his campaign on illegal immigration.

Hutchinson says prisons should verify the immigration status of all inmates before release.

Hutchinson is a former federal Homeland Security official who oversaw border security. Today he detailed several steps he says the state could take to fight illegal immigration.

Hutchinson says immigration is not only a matter for the federal government.  Hutchinson, a former congressman, faces Democratic Attorney General Mike Beebe in the November seventh general election.