Measure Would Stiffen Penalties Against Businesses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill before the Kentucky Legislature would provide felony charges for illegal immigrants, strip employers of business licenses and make local governments enforce federal immigration law.

The sponsor is Rep. Bob Damron - a Nicholasville Democrat - who says Kentucky must stiffen immigration legislation or risk becoming a sanctuary if neighboring states do so.

Among provisions is one that would give the state Homeland Security office jurisdiction over local and state agencies on immigration issues.

A lobbyist for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says the group has some concerns. An immigrant rights group withheld immediate comment.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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  • by Adam Location: Wburg on Jan 27, 2008 at 12:44 PM
    Here's where I'd like to see Beshear make good on a campaign promise. He said Kentucky wasn't going to foot the bill for enforcing immigration laws. He said that was the federal governments job. Well, I'd like to see our leaders stand up and demand reimbursement or matching funds for all expenses. Also, KSP released a report about a year ago detailing how 'Mexican Meth' was higher quality and more desirable to addicts than Kentucky's 'Mountain Meth.' It's taken the SEKY by storm. Now consider the economic impact of thousands of illegal immigrants sending upwards of $3,000 across the border every month. Economically it wouldn't even be so bad if they spent the money in their towns....
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    Jay; The majority of the cocaine and marijuana flowing into our state is brought in on foot by illegal aliens, not by speed boats and low flying planes like you see in the movies. The overwhelming majority of the unlicensed and uninsured motorists are also illegal aliens. Anyone who doesn't beleive it is time for us to address the immigration problem head on, hard-fisted, right now should talk to a few Californians who are old enough to remember what their state's standard of living was like before the illegals put them on the brink of financial collapse.
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Jan 23, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    Jay, you have problems if you think illegal immigrants dont effect the Ky people. Who do you think pays to feed and educated these illegals? Who do you think pays for their health care? Hello- it's the taxpayers of Kentucky. If the states around us tighten their laws and we don't we will be paying for even more of these things. If you don't think it adds up to much you have your head in the sand. Wise up.
  • by jay Location: Ky on Jan 23, 2008 at 09:50 AM
    This really don't help the Kentucky people at all. All this is is to look good in the national spotlight and to get money from our buisness in the form of fines.We as Kentuckians have more problems than illegals. We have a drug epidemic, our roads are becoming more and more dangerous every day with drives with no insurance and no license, just to name a few. Our lawmakers need to focus on things that matter to the people of the state of Kentucky and put National issues on the back page for a while.
  • by karen Location: KY on Jan 23, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    We must crackdown if KY has any hopes of surviving the exodus from other cities and states actually enforcing their laws. Bravo legislators, Damron, Henley,and Lee!!!!!!
  • by Roy Location: Lex on Jan 23, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    A lot of the states are already doing something,Kentucky needs to follow those states actions before it gets worse!
  • by Chris Location: Lex on Jan 23, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    It is about time! Employeers have been making a killing by paying these illegals less than they would an American citizen. I say a minimum of $20,000 per offense should be levied on ALL who employ illegals.
  • by gail Location: winchester on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    Thank you Rep. Bob Damron, Nicholasville Democrat for that ... It is about time!
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    Best idea i've heard in ages!!!


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