Immigration bills pass subcommittee
Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:02 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — A set of immigration bills that includes an Arizona-style provision allowing local law enforcement agents to question suspects about their immigration status passed a House subcommittee on Wednesday.
Members of the subcommittee on State and Local Government passed the law enforcement-immigration measure without discussion. They saved the majority of their questions for a bill that would require Tennessee’s employers to use the federal E-Verify program to prove their employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Representatives of prominent business groups including the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Federation of Independent Business urged committee members to oppose the bill.
They said it would cost businesses time and money without solving the problem of illegal immigration.
Published in The Messenger 3.31.11