Opponents of controversial Kentucky immigration bill plan rally

A rally is being planned in Kentucky by opponents of a controversial immigration bill that was passed by the state’s Senate last month.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the legislation would allow for criminal penalties for illegal immigrants and would allow authorities to arrest suspects without a warrant for a crime that might result in the perpetrator being deported, among other provisions.

Senator John Schickel, who sponsored the bill, said that changes needed to be made to the state’s immigration policy.

“If we do nothing, we risk becoming a sanctuary state for illegal aliens,” he told WKYT, a CBS affiliate.

However, opponents say that the laws proposed by the bill would negatively impact the state.

“It will give the police a lot of power to intimidate people and to discourage people coming to this state to do business,” Freddy Peralta with the Kentucky Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights told the news source.

The news provider reports that hundreds of opponents of the bill are expected to attend the rally outside the Bluegrass State’s capitol.

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