Friday, May 14, 2010

Great News for Latino Community: Delph Wants to Bring Arizona Immigration Law to Indiana (sarcasm intended)

From the Associated Press (via the Indianapolis Star):

A state senator says Indiana should consider an immigration policy similar to Arizona's new law making it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel told The Times of Munster that he'll introduce such legislation for Indiana if Congress and the Obama administration do not act on illegal immigration. Delph says his proposal would give Indiana police officers the power to enforce immigration laws.

Delph has proposed immigration bills before, but they have never won the Legislature's approval.

The Arizona law requires police enforcing another law to question a person about his or her immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the United States illegally.

Of course, how they do that is up to the law enforcement official. More than likely, the new law, if enacted, would encourage racial and ethnic profiling. If it's crafted exactly like the original Arizona measure, we all would have to carry our immigration papers, and, if we felt like the government was not enforcing the immigration law, we could sue.

Since the passage of the Arizona law, several organizations have pulled events out of Arizona. Mayor Phil Gordon (D-Phoenix) was quoted in Talking Points Memo as saying that his city is in near economic crisis.

The law is so bad that the Latino community has found unlikely friends from across the political spectrum. Even some on the far right like Tom Tancredo have said that it appears the Arizona measure went too far.

Tell Senator Delph how you feel about his crusade. Give his office a call at (317) 232-9400 or toll free at 1-800-382-9467. You can also send the Senator an e-mail through his website by clicking here.

1 comment:

Marycatherine Barton said...

Have you read that Arizona law, Jon? I wish the people of Arizona the best of luck.