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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ind. Gov't. - "State Senate panel conducting hearings on immigration has daunting task"
Zach Osowski, Evansville Courier & Press, had a good story last week (here via the Indiana Economic Digest) that began:
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana Senate Committee charged with studying the impact of illegal immigration heard Wednesday just how confusing and difficult the current immigration system in America is.For background, see this ILB post from April 19th.
And there might not be much Indiana lawmakers can do to fix the problem, even if they wanted to tackle the astronomical cost of doing so.
Immigration Attorney Angela Adams testified before the committee about just how big an impact deporting illegals from Indiana would bring. She said the state would lose $2.8 billion in economic activity if all undocumented workers were removed. In addition, she said illegal immigrants pay between $89 and $109 million a year in taxes.
Members of the U.S. and Indiana Chambers of Commerce also testified before the committee, which focused on the current problems businesses face when it comes to immigration and what can be done. Because the federal government ultimately decides immigration policy, Jon Baselice, with the U.S. Chamber, warned that Indiana's ability to do anything about illegal immigration might be limited.
"Our current immigration system is outdated. It's a sub-optimal system that has contributed to the large number of undocumented immigrants," Baselice said. "But real change needs to come from Washington D.C." Baselice said perhaps the most important thing Indiana lawmakers could do would be to keep pressure on their Washington counterparts to make changes.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 21, 2016 01:50 PM
Posted to Indiana Government