Arizona-style immigration bill slated for hearing

Indiana Statehouse

Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing for a proposal one Indiana state senator says would lead to an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration in Indiana.

The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2 at the Statehouse. Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel says he expects a full crowd at the meeting where his bill will be discussed.

Delph's proposal would require police to ask for proof of citizenship or immigration status if they had a reasonable suspicion that a person is illegally in the country. The bill would also require that official state documents are issued only in English in most cases.

And the bill includes a proposal that Delph has pushed before — punishment for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Companies could lose their business license after a third offense.

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