INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Businesses that hire illegal immigrants could have some Indiana state tax credits revoked under a proposal that's been approved by the Legislature.
The Republican-led House and Senate both voted Friday in favor of the bill, which is a watered-down version of an Arizona-styled proposal that originally would have allowed police officers to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally.
Supporters 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.
Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel says he believes provisions would discourage businesses from hiring illegal immigrants.
The compromise bill is in line with what Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels wants.