Monroe County officials have passed a resolution in opposition to Indiana Senate bill 590, a bill similar to Arizona Senate Bill 1070 which cracks down on illegal immigration. Council members cited the potential fiscal impact the bill might have on the county’s law enforcement departments as well as the county’s ability to attract workers, employers and residents. Councilman Sam Allison sponsored the bill.
“Here within Monroe County we have a major university. Some of its programs rank ahead of Ivy League Institutions. And in order to do that a program has to be able to recruit internationally. We have companies in town that compete on a global basis. And they must therefore also recruit internationally,” Allison said. “We have just an enormous fear that Senate Bill 590 is really, really going to hurt the ability to recruit.”
The resolution passed with five yes votes. Both of the council’s Republican members, Marty Hawk and Ryan Langley abstained from the vote saying they feel that as a fiscal body passing what they call “issue resolutions” is not a part of the council’s duty. The Bloomington City Council will consider a similar resolution in a public meeting this Wednesday.