Indiana lawmakers pass immigration curbs like Arizona

INDIANAPOLIS Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:15pm EST

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INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona's tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state.

The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local police to ask a person stopped for infractions like traffic violations for proof of legal residency if the officer has a "reasonable suspicion" they may be in the country illegally.

Another provision would call for, with some exceptions, the use of English only in public meetings, on Web sites and in documents.

The bill still needs to be adopted by state's House of Representatives, where opponents say they will now turn.

The vote "was a key step in the legislative process," the bill's author Sen. Mike Delph said in a statement, adding that the bill will "send a clear message that Indiana will no longer be a sanctuary for people who are in our state and country illegally because of our federal government's failure to act on illegal immigration."

Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce officials say the measure would have a chilling effect on business, particularly convention business.

"It will have a negative economic impact on the state of Indiana," Chamber Public Policy Director Angela Smith-Jones said, adding that immigration issues should be handled on the federal level.

The Chamber feels it has a good chance of lobbying enough House members to block the bill, Smith-Jones said.

(Reporting by Susan Guyett. Editing by Peter Bohan)

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TLWiz wrote:
The Chamber of Commerce has strongly opposed enforcing immigration laws for many years – and has spent many millions of dollars donating to politicians who will toe their line of ensuring a cheap labor supply for business. This of course puts a huge burden on social services, jails and overcrowded schools but bigger profits are the only concern for the Chamber.

Feb 23, 2011 2:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Brittanicus wrote:
NEVER-ENDING WAR
Those States that are still catering to the illegal alien invasion will not get any sympathy from the majority of Americans. By now all States have seen the developing costs associated with people stealing across our national border and entering into this country under the pretext of being a tourist or student. Every year from every corner of the world, thousands come to the US, to have their children fully aware that this child will have dual citizenship and can take financial advantage of the 14th Amendment provisions. Many States– like the illegal alien popular State of California and now Nevada is bearing towards disaster with their unregulated use of tax dollars to pay for the education for their offspring, and the need for the uninsured–medical care. Arizona was so close the border fence that it accumulated hundreds of thousands of uninvited guests, lowering job opportunities for less educated citizens and yet hardly aiding the tax base.
Every State now has the opportunity to mandate E-Verify, Local police action law 287(g) and Secure Communities operations nationwide or become that money magnet for illegal nationals. Have the leadership in Washington; other than the Tea Party politicians, forget that there are over 10 million legitimate workers around praying for a job? In many instances any job, but they are still combating business owners who are concealing those foreign nationals in their employ. Since the joke of the 1986 amnesty the leadership both Liberals-Democrats and Republicans have colluded to put not to emphasis on sealing the border, as both parties had agendas. Businesses filled lawmakers campaign chests to flaunt the US labor force, while the party other-side has added large numbers of illegal hires into the unions, that were losing. It’s scary to think that 8 million plus illegal workers have not been purged? But then when certain politicians have the ear of the Liberal progressives, big business and the wide-open floodgate border fanatics, cannot expect anything else but corruption.
Documentation from the GAO (General Accounting Office) has disclosed finally, that for every one dollar spent by illegal nationals; they get a return of between three and four dollars. But this problem is beyond credibility as the taxpayer’s bill, keeps on mounting rapidly. All politicians had better care that’s happening here, because American people have finally begun to wake and learning why their taxes keep rising. As the Federal management has failed to pay attention, so the States are trying to defend their own inhabitants from illegal labor occupation. A reasonable question to ask all the leadership in Washington and all State lawmakers is where are thousands of illegal immigrants whose lives were disrupted by Arizona’s policing provisions–flew to places unknown? My guess is they didn’t go far?
As more State legislators are fighting for their own survival and they enact tough illegal alien restraining enforcement the likely destination is California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, perhaps Utah and anywhere further afield that panders to the large ethnic blocs and illegal immigrant and migrant families. One only can imagine the chaos as hundreds of thousands of these people end up in welfare lines, hospital waiting rooms and adding to even higher expenditures to join the millions already there. Countless thousands will join the already clogged neighborhoods in the social service State of California, others will go elsewhere. California is already burdened with a 24 billion dollar deficit meltdown, Nevada will be looking for another $3.billion to cover its debt as Carson City is investigating another tax hike. An estimated $113 billion dollars goes to support illegal aliens yearly and these dollars are also climbing throughout America. Many States that includes Indiana, Utah are still meandering around any no tolerance laws, which will also attract multitudes of illegal aliens looking for jobs and yet another welfare office.
Now is the time to shield this nation from foreign invaders, from drug dealers, criminals and those who come and expect citizens and legally authorized residents to keep paying for the rest of the world’s poor. This is why the Tea Party was organized on a grand scale and that’s why hundreds of pro-sovereignty groups are recruiting people who have just had enough of the games played by our politicians. One amnesty was enough that turned into a travesty and burned every taxpaying American. ICE should go into every Sanctuary City in force and arrest every Mayor, Elected officer who has engineered these provisions. NumbersUSA has a million regular citizens who want to prevent further exploitation of this nation by foreign countries, to elevate their pressure valve of growing impoverished, wanting populations.

Considering this Administration didn’t carry on the construction of the 2006 Secure Fence Act as designed, it’s no wonder the fence was mismanaged. It is supposed to be a two layer fence, electrified and topped with concertina razor wire. The border fence has not even been half completed?

Donald Trump for President? He would stop the unfair practices of Communist China’s commerce.

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Feb 23, 2011 2:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MrNiceGuy wrote:
So where are all of the protesters? Oh, wait… Indiana is a thousand miles from Mexico.

Feb 23, 2011 2:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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