May 18, 2011

Immigration Politics - Indiana: bills signed amid arrests

Immigration bills signed amid arrests | The Indianapolis Star | "Gov. Mitch Daniels signed two immigration-related bills Tuesday, the day after six students were arrested at the Statehouse while protesting the legislation.

The students were cleared for release by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials when detention orders were lifted Tuesday, but it was still uncertain whether ICE would seek deportation.

Meanwhile, the students began hunger strikes Tuesday while they were in custody to protest their arrests.

While Daniels 'appreciates the sincerity of their viewpoint,' spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said, the governor backed Senate Bill 590, which would penalize businesses for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, and House Bill 1402, which would deny undocumented students lower in-state tuition fees."

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