(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Waving American flags and holding signs like "Latinos Are Not Political Bait," Hispanics protested against a strict immigration bill at the Indiana Statehouse yesterday.
“SB 590 is a racist bill. It’s targeting the Spanish community,” said Ildefonso Carbajal, one of about 200 people attending the rally.
Senate Bill 590 is patterned after a controversial Arizona law requiring local police to question the legal residency status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.
The legislation passed the Senate in February on a 31-18 vote. It is awaiting it’s turn in the Indiana House where business cannot be conducted due to the walkout by House Dmeocrats in its fourth week.
State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) sponsored the bill and said he thinks just not speaking English is enough cause for an arrest under the legislation.
“I believe that the inability to speak the English language would be a key factor for law enforcement to use as an indicator to establish reasonable suspicion,” Delph said Tuesday.
“I’m going to be stopped by authorities just because my name sounds different?” said Marco Dominguez. “It worries me.”
Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) said the bill is just a scare tactic and won't work because the state can't enforce federal law.
“Until federal law changes we cannot enforce federal law,” Taylor said.