Indiana House can protect Hoosier jobs by passing Senate Bill 580

WASHINGTON, DC — At a time of soaring unemployment, the Indiana State House of Representatives is blocking legislation that would help prevent employers from filling jobs with illegal aliens. Senate Bill 580, which the Senate passed by a 37-13 vote, requires state and local governments to use the federal E-Verify system and provides incentives for Indiana businesses to do the same. The bill would also allow the state to punish companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens, and even suspend their business licenses. Gov. Mitch Daniels has pledged to sign the legislation if it is sent to his desk.

E-Verify is a federal program that allows employers to electronically verify that new hires are legally authorized to work in the United States. The program is free to employers and has a 99.6 percent accuracy rate. Over 100,000 employers already use the program and new employers are signing up at the rate of 2,000 per week.

SB 580 has been assigned to a House committee chaired by Rep. Earl Harris (D-East Chicago) who has indicated that he will not allow a vote on the measure. Despite the fact that Indiana’s unemployment rate has reached 9.2 percent, and Elkhart has the dubious distinction of having the nation’s highest unemployment rate at 18 percent, Rep. Harris is blocking common sense measures that would help keep jobs for legal residents. “No, I don’t think this session. I really don’t think this is the year we should do that,” said Harris.

“Rep. Harris and the Indiana House do not think this is the year they should act to protect Indiana jobs?” asked Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). “Indiana has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, parts of the state have already reach Depression era unemployment levels, and the state is spending $1 billion a year on unemployment benefits. What, exactly, would it take for Rep. Harris to defend Hoosier workers?”

SB 580, which was sponsored by State Senators Mike Delph and Dennis Kruse, was drafted with the assistance of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), FAIR’s legal affiliate. IRLI is the nation’s foremost authority on drafting state and local immigration enforcement legislation that does not infringe on the federal government’s authority over these policies.

“Enacting SB 580 will not magically solve Indiana’s unemployment crisis. What it will do is help ensure that remaining jobs go to U.S. workers, including jobs that may be created as a result of the economic stimulus package,” said Stein. “The Indiana House of Representatives has an obligation to implement whatever common sense measures it can offer to help struggling families in Indiana make it through this difficult period. This is the time to pass SB 580,” Stein concluded.

About FAIR
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country’s largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.

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One Response to “Indiana House can protect Hoosier jobs by passing Senate Bill 580”

  1. Brittanicus says:

    People are always complaining that to live in Los Angeles county, is the one of the most expensive places to live in America. The taxes for properties have escalated over the last 20 years along with everything else. Once the Democratic leftist assembly engineered Proportion 187 to the trash pile and not the courts, taxes skyrocketed. The open border special interest had won a major war to extend welfare to illegal immigrants in the county. Not only to saturate the county with millions of illegal families have planted themselves in the county, but in the state. Not from just across the distressed border, but by overstaying visas, from China–Canada–Russia–Ireland and anywhere else.

    Initiated by Democrat Dianne Feinstein, San Francisco became no.1 Sanctuary City, flowed by Los Angeles were police were forbidden to question people of their legal status. Over a period of time hard core-slime gang members infested the neighborhoods from impoverished nations. Cold blooded murders by gun or machete is now a daily occurrence. Because of the influx of cheap labor thousands of legal residents and even citizens lost their jobs. Pariah contractors took advantage on street corners to offer a few dollars for services. Living by the thousands in squalid conditions of families crammed into a garage, the landlords became contaminated with greed. This year Governor Schwarzenegger state buckled under a $47 billion budget deficit because of 4 million plus illegal immigrants.

    Through violating Federal law, thousands of foreign nationals live in low income housing. Mothers who crossed the border to intentionally have children, under a questionable law of automatic citizenship. Have taken taxpayers to the cleaners, with millions of dollars owed to hospitals in baby delivery. In California there are many violations of federal law of welfare payments and an almost endless list of other benefits meant for the US legal population. Much of the money paid to illegal aliens is paid under the table by parasite employer, with billions being exported to foreign lands–not going into the states negative coffers. Terrible management by Sacramento leftist and the influx of poverty stricken immigrants has now culminated in even higher taxes for Angeleno’s in 2009.

    Now these anti-sovereignty lawmakers are begging President Obama for even more money, that will be used for many infrastructure projects–such as Highway repair, bridges. If the Heritage Foundation is correct 300.000 illegal labor will get jobs that by law, should go to American Workers? This is because Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi secretly tabled E-Verify, that would have foreseen fraudulent document, such as Social Security ID. Annually Social security numbers are stolen or otherwise compromised by illegal aliens–even deceased peoples social security number in not safe. Today greed is not just a staple of Wall street, but in most state Capitols. Politicians and THE PEOPLE of America are livid, yet frustrated with Insurance giant AIG, but we support 40 million illegal aliens–analyzed by Heritage Foundation, with nearly a trillion dollars a year. As of today Rep. Gutierrez’s tour making it’s rounds touting how wonderful AMNESTY would be for America. He and many others see unlimited immigration as a boon to our nation. But in truth it will cost–YOU–the taxpayer a trillions? In health care, major illnesses, education–and access to Social Security and pensions. But those here could sponsor their extended families abroad in other countries, could bring in their sick brothers, mentally handicapped relatives–the costs born by you. Then what about the next waves of indigent people, who missed this AMNESTY, thinking if they slip across the border, they can catch the next chance a becoming legal.

    We should enforce the 1986 immigration laws in the Simpson/Mazzoli control act.

    We just cannot keep supplementing the income of every illegal alien who crosses our border by any means. E-Verify must be made a positive example to stop further ingress of illegal alien taking the jobs of legal Angeleno’s or any legal worker in the country. It should be made permanent as part of immigration laws. Although derailed by the leftists, it will survive till September. It is now up to the AMERICAN PEOPLE to demand it is funded forever. America can no longer afford to support millions of immigrants. Call your Senator or Representative–NOW! Please do not procrastinate. Do not listen to it’s critics, who all have a nefarious motive for sinking laws that halt illegal immigration. You cannot be more successful than 99.6 percent with the E-Verify program, that 50 Democrats cut out of the Stimulus/Omnibus spending packages. Call the Washington Switchboard 202-224-3121. To find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/ To phone your Representative: http://www.house.gov/ Leave a comment for the President: 202) 456-1414, To comment: Comments (202) 456-111

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