(Frankfort, Ky.) - Kentucky lawmakers debated a controversial immigration bill which opponents say makes Arizona’s law pale in comparison Wednesday.
State Senator John Schickel (R-Union) is sponsoring Senate Bill 6 which would allow police to charge illegal immigrants with trespassing. Law enforcement would also be able to inquire about a person’s immigration status. The bill has already passed the Republican-controlled Senate.
Members of the House Local Government Committee held its first discussion of the bill but did not schedule a vote.
The non-partisan Legislative Research Committee says the potential law could cost the state up to $88 million each year – mostly for putting more illegal immigrants through the Department of Corrections. However, it would also save about $50 million annually.