For immediate release: Feb 22, 2011
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Bill to crack down on illegal immigration in Indiana approved by Senate, moves to the House

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2011) -  Senate lawmakers today voted 31-18 to approve legislation authored by Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) cracking down on illegal immigration in Indiana.

"Today's vote was a key step in the legislative process," Delph said. "I will continue to work with my fellow lawmakers to send a clear message that Indiana will no longer be a sanctuary for people who are in our state and country illegally because of our federal government's failure to act on illegal immigration."

Senate Bill 590 allows law enforcement who stop, detain or arrest anyone for violating a law or ordinance to ask for proof the person is here legally if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" to believe otherwise. Delph's bill also requires all state and local governmental units to use English only for all correspondence including websites, documentation and meetings.

"It's time that we put an end to press one for English and two for Spanish in our state," Delph said. "We also must remove the handcuffs from our law enforcement by providing them with the tools and training necessary to identify individuals in our country illegally and then transfer them to federal custody."

SB 590 includes several other provisions targeting illegal immigration across Indiana:

Delph's legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.


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