Civil liberties

“Papers Please” in Indiana

Posted by JM Ashby

Not seeing fit to allow Arizona to corner the market in fearmongering and racial profiling, Indiana lawmakers have now passed legislation mirroring Arizona's "papers please" law, SB1070.

(Reuters) - The Indiana senate passed a sweeping immigration bill that echoes Arizona's tougher measures on illegal immigrants and despite opposition from some of the largest employers and business groups in the state.

The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local police to ask a person stopped for infractions like traffic violations for proof of legal residency if the officer has a "reasonable suspicion" they may be in the country illegally.

Another provision would call for, with some exceptions, the use of English only in public meetings, on Web sites and in documents.

Is this what you voted for, America? Does this create jobs? Perhaps it does if you're seeking employment with the Prison Industrial Complex.