An immigration bill which would allow law enforcement to ask for verification of a person’s legal status when making routine traffic stops is making its way to the Indiana House, where Republican leaders have expressed concerns over its effects.
Speaker Brian Bosma said while legislators are frustrated with the federal government’s inaction in stemming illegal immigration, the bill cannot needlessly hassle those who are in the country legally.
Portland Representative Bill Davis, whose committee is assigned the legislation, said he has not decided whether to hear the bill.
“We want to focus,” he said, “on those areas that we can actually have an effect on and that we can have solutions to.”
Davis said that includes making sure employers in Indiana use the e-verify system that determines an applicant’s legal status.
Indianapolis Senator Mike Delph, the bill’s author, said the goal of his bill is fairly simple.
“I want to ensure that everyone who is present in the state of Indiana is legally able to be here,” Delph said.
Some critics of the bill say it will lead to racial profiling. Delph calls racial profiling illegal, immoral and wrong and calls the accusation an inflammatory rhetorical tactic.