Tennessee Immigration Laws Contemplated
December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
Tennessee Republican lawmakers are expanding a package of bills they say will be introduced in the coming month targeting illegal immigration, something critics maintain will sidetrack the General Assembly from focusing on creating jobs and improving the economy. State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, and state Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, already have vowed to file a version of the controversial Arizona immigration law. The legislation, which is still a work in progress, would empower local police officers to check a person’s immigration status and enforce immigration law.
In addition to that legislation, Carr said he is hard at work on other immigration-related bills. One would require Tennessee employers to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to check a prospective employee’s legal work status. Another piece of legislation would require state agencies to check a person’s immigration status before doling out state benefits such as financial aid for college students. “I’ll be carrying a number of bills related to illegal immigration,” Carr said, noting that other states have passed similar measures in recent years. “We’ve got some catching up to do.” (THE TENNESSEAN)