Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Indiana is one of the more recent states debating questionable anti-immigrant legislation.
Dan McFeely writes in the Indianapolis Star:
A state Senate bill cracking down on illegal immigration will begin its journey through the Indiana House on Wednesday.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has remained neutral, though he has said that Indiana needs to "move carefully here and make sure you don't do injury to the economy or to law-abiding people."
SB 335 would penalize employers for hiring illegal immigrants, make it illegal to harbor an illegal immigrant (with some exceptions for health-care providers, religious organizations and family members) and require the Indiana State Police to begin working with federal authorities to develop a process by which local police can be trained to enforce federal immigration laws.
Under the funding amendment, the State Police would get a one-time $1 million appropriation to prepare for their task of working with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws. And the attorney general, which would be asked to investigate violations of the new law, would get $500,000.
"I think this is a positive step in the right direction," said state Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, who authored the bill and has been championing its cause for several weeks. Click here for the full story.