Kevin Rader, WTHR-TV (Indianapolis), January 20, 2009
An Indiana lawmaker is introducing what he calls the toughest immigration bill in the country.
Illegal immigration has been a controversial issue at the Indiana Statehouse for the last couple of years, drawing heated debate in both chambers from both sides of the issue. Senator Mike Delph from Carmel will make it a third year by filing Senate Bill 580. The bill is designed to punish those who harbor, transport or employ illegal immigrants in Indiana.
But it does have a “safe harbor” provision for businesses who verify work status of employees by using the federal e-verify system that confirms citizenship.
Under the bill, businesses that employ illegals face three years probation. Second time violators face a 10-day suspension of their business license and third time violators face the permanent loss of their business license in the state.
While the future of the bill may be clouded, it does have a hearing set for February 4 in the Senate’s Pension and Labor Committee.