State House OKs watered-down immigration bill

Businesses that hire illegal immigrants could have some state tax credits revoked under a proposal that has cleared the Indiana House.

The Republican-led House voted 64-32 Thursday for the bill, which is a watered-down version of a proposal that originally would have allowed police officers to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally. Supporters say the state must act on immigration because Congress hasn't. But some opponents say the bill could hurt businesses, and others say immigration should remain a federal issue.

The watered-down version is in line with what Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels wants.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel says he hopes to hash out a compromise between the original bill and the latest version next week.

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