Senate Bill 6 has drawn passionate debate. Tuesday, a rally in Frankfort drew hundreds of protesters who called the bill racist and costly. The bill would allow police to ask a person's illegal immigration status during a "lawful contact." An immigration lawyer says the bill would create five new criminal laws not seen at the federal level.
But immigration attorney Marilyn Daniel said, "Federal law does not make it a crime to be in the United States without legal status. It is not a crime. What this bill proposes would make it a crime in Kentucky...This is stepping way beyond what federal law does."
Hopkinsville's police chief also spoke Wednesday, saying training departments on how to determine immigration status would be costly. He also worries about jail overcrowding, racial profiling, and alienating witnesses.
excerpt taken from: Fox41.com
“I cannot begin to understand how our legislators thought that a bill as harsh as SB6 was the answer to whatever they perceived our immigration issues to be,” third year law student Sarah Mills said. “This bill will not solve any of our immigration problems. What it will do is cost the tax payers of Kentucky millions of dollars at a time when we absolutely cannot afford it.”
UK Kentuckians for the Commonwealth said in a statement that it “disdains legislation that would fund racial discrimination at the expense of the taxpayer.”
The bill has passed in the Senate and is currently before a House Committee.
One amendment to the bill does, “require an unauthorized alien to have been arrested prior to being turned over to federal authorities,” according to the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.
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“I think the worst part of the bill is section 8 which makes it a crime to ‘transport’ an undocumented person,” Mills said. “I believe that this section was put in to target their documented family members and charitable organizations. There are no exceptions for school bus drivers, ambulance drivers, church transport, lawyers, no one except police who are transporting them to jail.”
People from all across Kentucky are expected to attend “Stop SB6” Lobby and Rally Day in Frankfort.
excerpt taken from: Kentucky Kernel
Rumor has it from off the record sources that the powers that be don't want to lose "the help" so they were most adamant about keeping the bill from passing. turns out MONEY happens to be the most influential advocate. well in any case, the trouble's over in KY for now.
Mississippi State just ratified an anti immigration law back in Jan.
Mississippi State Senate passed SB 2179, a measure that allows law enforcement officers to check a person’s immigration status during a traffic stop or while enforcing other laws. In doing so the state became the first legislature to make good on its talk of passing a law that mimics Arizona’s SB 1070.
After Arizona, why are 10 states considering immigration bills?
As a follow up Politico did an article about:
Gov. candidates in 20 states that endorse anti-immigration laws
"BUT EVEN MORE INSPIRING ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO WORK TIRELESSLY TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AMORAL & UNJUST LEGISLATION TO GIVE BACK HUMAN DIGNITY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE CERTAINLY EARNED THOSE RIGHTS" ~phiG
Of course none of this would be possible without the heartfelt efforts of these guys...