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Daniels Will Sign Immigration Bill Despite Protests

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt (WFIU News)

Some groups feel the bills will be unfriendly to businesses in Indiana.

Governor Mitch Daniels says he still plans on signing an illegal immigration bill after six people protesting the legislation were arrested at the Statehouse.

Five of the protesters were arrested Monday after they sat down in the Governor’s office, linked their arms, chanted loudly and refused to move after repeatedly being asked to do so by State Police officers. They were charged with trespassing.

A sixth was charged with resisting arrest after she blocked a doorway and had to be forcibly removed.

Indiana State Police spokesperson Dave Bursten says it’s now clear the group had every intention of getting arrested.

“Did they get their media attention? Yes they did,” he said. “Does it serve their cause? That remains to be seen.”

Governor Daniels says he commends those who stand up for what they believe in a lawful way, but it didn’t sway his thinking.

“I appreciate the sincerity of their viewpoint but that bill,” he said, “I think, is a responsible one. It simply says we want to uphold the law.”

The bill requires employers who contract with or receive grants from the state to verify their employees’ legal status.

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