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Governor keeping quiet on Indiana immigration bill

February 14, 2011

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn't saying how he feels about a proposal moving in the Legislature that would require police officers in the state to enforce federal immigration laws.

The sponsor of the bill approved Wednesday by a state Senate committee says it's aimed at having an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration.

Daniels told reporters that he wasn't taking a public stance on the bill, saying its provisions were still in flux.

Supporters of the legislation say it's needed because the federal government has failed to enforce immigration laws and that states are forced to spend millions of dollars on providing health care, education and other services for illegal immigrants.

Opponents fear it could lead to racial profiling and cast the state as intolerant.

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