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Friday, April 08, 2011

Indiana Lawmaker Tweeking Immigration Bill
Mary Beth Schneider is reporting that Indiana State "Sen. Mike Delph is offering changes to his get-tough bill on illegal immigration in hopes of overcoming resistance from business and political leaders . . . Delph, R-Carmel, authored Senate Bill 590 to follow the example set by Arizona, which last year became the first state to put enforcement of federal immigration laws into the hands of state and local authorities.

"The bill easily passed the Senate in February by a vote of 31-18. But it has been stalled so far in the House. . . . Delph said he's optimistic that the changes he's offering to SB 590, and which could be added to as the bill continues to be negotiated . . . Among the changes: removing a section that would allow police to check someone's immigration status if they had "reasonable suspicion" that they were here legally. Under his new proposal, law enforcement would check whether a person was here legally only if they had probable cause -- a higher legal standard than mere suspicion -- to think they had committed some other crime.

"It's really a targeting toward the bad actors of the illegal immigrant community as opposed to the whole population," he said. . . . [Read Full Story]

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