(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Changes have been made to a controversial immigration bill before the Indiana General Assembly which may kill the legislation.
Senator Mike Delph is upset with a change by a committee removing the ability for police to use "reasonable suspicion" to detain someone and check their citizenship.
Delph's bill is modeled after an immigration crackdown law in Arizona. That law is currently stayed by a U.S. Court of Appeals.
The House Public Policy Committee approved amendments to the bill Thursday, making it focus more on businesses which knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Governor Mitch Daniels voiced those exact wishes earlier this week in the Indianapolis Star.
Delph had said previously he believed just speaking a language other than English was just cause for police to check citizenship.
Others have called the bill racist.
"Law enforcement would have to take into account someone's skin color, the way someone talks, their accent, their last name," Marion County Superior Court Judge Jose Salinas told the committee Thursday.
The committee will continue voting on amendments to the bill Friday before deciding whether to send it to the full House. The legislation has already passed the Senate.