Posts Tagged ‘undocumented workers’

First Day of Testimony on Illegal Immigration Bill

A Senate committee today began the first of three days of public testimony on a bill to punish businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers. It does not require state police to enforce federal immigration law, like illegal immigration that failed last year. But it does still threaten to revoke the licenses of businesses who knowingly hire undocumented workers, unless they use the federal e-verify worker status verification program. Today, senators heard from people supporting the bill, including Julie Myers Wood, the former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, during the recent Bush Administration.

“I’m very pleased to see that Indiana is considering incentivizing businesses to use e-verify, making e-verify mandatory, as a way to ensure that jobs in Indiana are held for U.S. citizens in Indiana and others who are legally authorized to work in the United States.”

The bill has many provisions regarding documentation. It would require people filing for unemployment insurance to show up in person, in an attempt to end benefit payments to illegal immigrants. It would also disallow federal tax I.D. numbers for undocumented workers and consulate cards as acceptable forms of identifications for employment or loans. Public testimony will take place tomorrow evening. Opponents of the bill will be offered a final chance to testify before the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee next week.


Legislative Committee Takes Testimony on Immigration

Members of the interim legislative committee on immigration issues heard testimony at the statehouse today from both law professors and immigration experts.  The goal is to look at what options the Indiana legislature has to enforce and regulate illegal immigration.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Senators Want Illegal Immigration Study Committee

State senator Tom Weatherwax of Logansport and Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne are calling for more research on how an illegal immigration law would affect Indiana taxpayers and government.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

House Approves Illegal Immigration Bill

Legislators in the Indiana House today voted in favor of a bill that seeks to crack down on illegal immigration in the state.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Immigration Bill Moves Forward

A bill that seeks to penalize businesses who knowingly hire undocumented workers took another step forward in the Indiana House of Representatives today.  That’s after Republicans boycotted a measure to incorporate the immigration bill into a separate bill Thursday night. Today the merge of the two bills was approved.  Minority Leader Brian Bosma of Indianapolis, upset that the move would prevent he and other Republicans from making any changes, immediately protested.

In its current form, the measure requires state police to enter into an agreement with the federal government to enforce immigration and customs law.  A final vote on the plan is expected tomorrow.

House Delays Action on Immigration Bill

Debate on an illegal immigration bill in the Indiana House was halted Thursday night when House Republicans left to caucus and did not come back, delaying any action on the bill until next week.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

House Committee Makes Changes to Immigration Bill

The House Public Policy Committee today made several changes to a Senate-approved bill that attempts to crack down on illegal immigration by stripping businesses of their licenses if they hire undocumented workers.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.