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Immigration bill's fate could be determined this week

Associated Press
April 9, 2011
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The chairman of an Indiana House committee says he'll decide in the coming days whether the committee will take up a bill aiming for an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration.

The bill approved by the Senate would allow police officers to seek proof of immigration status if they have a reasonable suspicion a person is in the country illegally.

House public policy committee Chairman Bill Davis of Portland says he doesn't want to put people in the country legally in fear of racial profiling and believes police officers have enough responsibilities.

Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel says he's supporting changes to the proposal, including setting a higher legal standard for police agencies to check a person's citizenship or immigration status.

A broad coalition of local business, religious and political leaders have come out against the measure, citing fears it would portray the state as unwelcoming, chase away business prospects and cost millions to defend if challenged by the federal government.

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  • Illegal aliens
    Why waste energy and money on something that is not going to happen?.. If pass and sign by the governor, the federal is going to put this bill exactly like Arizona. And guess what happen in Arizona? federal won and they block the law. So indiana please safe some millions..
  • bill
    The problem is the same in Indiana as in other states. Republican candidates won because they promised enforcement against illegal aliens. Once elected they take bribes from "business" leaders and wind up blocking the very bills they advocated during their campaign. This trend has been repeated in state after state. There will be no Arizona-style bills this year.
  • Do What's Right
    I have no problem with people who LEGALLY come into our nation aspiring to better themselves.

    In this comment stream is a person named "Ali" - I want to congratulate him and Kudos to him. Here is an example of someone following the law. He did what is right. He deserves to be here.

    But then you have people who sneak across the border. Or worse, take a raft to Miami - which the US Gov't says if you can make it ashore, then stay. Florida needs to do something about that as well.
  • reply
    If I am ever stopped by law enforcement, the first thing they ask for is proof of my driver's licence. Is this profiling? Asking people for any kind of papers is not profiling-it's expected.
  • illegals
    We educated ourselves, 3 children, 4 nieces and nephews with NO gov. handouts. Why should my tax dollars educate people who broke the law to be here? Send them to their home country. We are fed up with paying for them.
  • Good American
    Ali, I thank you for your patriotic words.You and your family are the kind of people who are welcome here simply because you understand the rule of law as fact and not just a suggestion.Welcome my friend!!
  • .....
    Racial profiling would stopping anyone who looks like a foreigner or talks like a foreigner. What other probable cause would there be to ask someone for proof of citizenship other than the color of their skin or the way they speek english.
    I know a lot of immigrants do not speak english but as Americans we are being selfish. These people come to our country because they do not have the means to take care of their families back home. They work and send most of that money back home to their families. I agree they should do it legally but we make it so hard for them to come here. Unless you marry a citizen it could take 10 years to get a green card/visa to come over.
    • yes plz
      I'm a US born citizen with origins from the middle east, and let me tell everyone something, no matter where you're from, you must abide by the laws of the country you decide to live in. It took me over a year and a half to LEGALLY bring my wife over here, it's not fair for others to just stroll right in carrying God knows what. Plus, I'm fairly certain I will need to carry proof of citizenship if this bill passes, but I'm willing to do..I say, BOOT'EM.
      • Nick
        Do NOT be led into the confusion inspired by the people who use ILLEGAL and LEGAL interchangably.Legal immigrents ( over a million a year) are welcomed.Illegals are not.We should not & will not reward lawbreakers.Arrest,Detain & Deport.Repeat as needed.
      • All for it
        I believe that most red blooded Americans already assumed that if you are caught for a crime or suspected of being illegal into this country when pulled over, you were check out and deported? It blows my mind to think that there is stiffer penalties for shoplifting a Hallmark card than being in this country illegal. Do what's right for the country!!!
      • Who? What? When? Where? Why?
        Who does he think that it may racial profile? What part of the bill does any racial profiling? When are these people that are making these accusations are going to point out exactly where it is in the bill that it does that? Where is any articles written in support of this bill? Why is it every time someone opposes this bill they NEVER have a better solution other than let feds deal with it (which they won't) or they they just want reform or in other words AMNESTY?
        This bill is way past due here in Indiana and the rest of the country. I am just completely taken back is how in the last ten years the immigration laws just doesn't apply anymore. WHY?

        I know way to many people that are looking for work and everyone of us know where the illegals are working. We all have talked about how to obtain one of these jobs, which is to tell the employer that we will work for nothing and work twice as long. We as citizens of Indiana can not afford to work for that. Unless we all live in one house. Is that where we are heading with this agenda that the people that oppose this are wanting?
        Mr. Davis please work this out where it doesn't hurt anybodies feelings at all but still gets the job done. If it takes changing a word or two then by all means do it. Work the problem but please get the job done.
        • Illegal Immigration and your taxes
          Just memorize Indiana that anything less than stringent immigration enforcement, will echo through the halls of the open border radicals and hundreds of thousands, even millions economic illegal immigrants will surge into your State to take advantage of taxpayers. Less friendly unbending States will send them packing as E-Verify, Secure Communities start to take effect. The TEA PARTY CAUCUS has its own agenda from corporate welfare or Democratic hunt for votes. We need fiscal stability of our government, including far less government; free--FAIR--global commerce with NAFTA and CAFTA that is far from being on equal grounds; with China that owns most of our debt; strong National Security and that means our borders. Until we seal our borders and enforce the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, we are never going to get under control the spiraling 14 Trillion plus US Treasury deficit. As a note, are you aware that 40 billion dollars was sent out of this nation by illegal labor, which is less money into the mainstream of our struggling economy?

          We must put an end to instant citizen birthright for infants of illegal aliens and stop the hemorrhaging of money from State education and free health Care and a overcrowded prison setting. It is known now that 200.000 babies of illegal aliens are born in this nation annually and the burden of welfare falls on the backs of hard-pressed taxpayers. We can no longer afford the Liberal progressives Tax and Spend doctrine for the 20 million plus illegal aliens who have settled here. Every patriotic American must embrace the TEA PARTY CAUCUS, which in reality is a splinter organization of tens of millions divorced from the Republican elites. The TEA PARTY now is our salvation from the billions of dollars, to support foreign nationals and their families and the unceasing avalanche that arrives by jet as overstays on expired visas and through the undermanned borders.
        • Immigrant Welcome Bill
          How about introducing a immigrant welcome bill that would provide integration services to legal immigrants like English language training/education, immunization/intro to basic health services, and support federal immigration reform while rejecting all additional burdens desired by Xenophobia advocates.

          That should make Mike Delphs head spin;)

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