Indiana legislators work on compromise immigration bill

As Indiana’s General Assembly session enters its final days, state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are working to create a compromise on an immigration bill.

According to the South Bend Tribune, Senate Bill 590 was introduced to the legislature in an attempt to crack down on illegal immigrants. Among the provisions of the originally proposed bill would have been a requirement for the law enforcement agents to check the residency status of any suspect they reasonably believed might be in the country illegally and a provision that would bar state and local governments in Indiana from using any non-English language in official communications.

The news source reports that legislators have softened the bill at the urging of Governor Mitch Daniels. So a joint committee is currently working on a compromise.

“Our goal is to try to get a product that all four caucuses can agree to and get this issue put to rest once and for all in the state of Indiana,” Republican Senator Mike Delph, who proposed the original state Senate bill, told the Evansville Courier & Press.