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Indiana Lawmakers To Make Final Negotiations On Immigration Bill

Last updated on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

(STATEHOUSE) - Indiana lawmakers met in conference committee Tuesday to make final negotiations on a watered-down illegal immigration bill.

The conference committee on the bill did not make a final vote, but heard testimony from various members on the community with their opinions on the bill.

The committee went into recess Tuesday night.

The Republican-led house voted last week for a revised plan that would revoke tax credits on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Sen. Mike Delph's original bill would have allowed police officers to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally.

Senator Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) argued the house version doesn't go far enough by eliminating a provision that would require all governmental documents to be printed in English.

Supporters of a crackdown say the state must act on immigration because congress hasn't.

But some opponents say the bill could hurt businesses, and others say immigration should remain a federal issue.

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