Group urges defeat of immigration bill

Feb. 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM
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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in the Indiana Senate are being asked to abandon a bill that mandates state and local police enforce federal immigration laws.

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns said Senate Bill 590 would strain municipalities, The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.

The group, whose members include 120 Indiana mayors, signed on to a compact urging the bill be put aside.

Association President Matt Greller said his members cannot handle the additional expense the measure imposes.

"SB590 would mandate an entire new level of spending on local law enforcement, without providing any funds to pay for the mandate," Geller said.

Marion, Ind., Mayor Wayne Seybold, a Republican, said he is worried that the measure will impose additional law enforcement costs.

"With property tax reform, we're trying to figure out how to save every dime we can," Seybold said.

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