(Indianapolis, Ind.) - An Indiana lawmaker is trying again to pass a bill cracking down on illegal immigration.
State Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) says Senate Bill 590 would go after businesses who repeatedly hire illegal immigrants by putting them out of business.
Similar to a bill also proposed this year in Kentucky’s state legislature, Delph’s bill would allow police to ask a person for proof of citizenship or immigration status.
The bill would also bar any language but English from being used in government offices and forms.
“We’re taking the handcuffs off of law enforcement. We’re holding employers who are thumbing their noses at the law accountable. And we’re lifting up the English language,” Delph said Friday.
Bills filed in recent years by Delph targeting businesses who hire undocumented workers have failed. An already full agenda for lawmakers – including a state budget, redistricting, education reform, and more – may push SB 590 to the backburner this year.
The PEW Hispanic Research Center estimated between 55,000 and 85,000 illegal immigrants lived in Indiana in 2006.