Thursday, February 28, 2008

Indy Immigration Reform Passes the House

From the Indianapolis Star:

House OKs illegal immigration bill aimed at employers
By Dan McFeely
February 28, 2008
The Indiana House voted 66-33 this evening to pass an illegal immigration bill that cracks down on employers that knowingly hire undocumented workers.
The bill also requires the Indiana State Police to take the necessary steps to start enforcing federal immigration laws and provides funding to make that happen.
It also includes funding for the Indiana attorney general's office, which would investigate written complaints made against employers.

Hispanic leaders have been joined by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and other business lobbyists in predicting dire economic consequences if the bill causes thousands of illegal immigrants to leave the state.

Similar legislation in Oklahoma and Arizona has prompted thousands of illegal workers to leave those states.

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