Discussions Begin On Illegal Immigration Legislation

Representative Bob Damron says employers of illegal immigrants are committing crimes.

“One is against the aliens that are here and being abused and against all the other people in this commonwealth who should be having those jobs,” says Rep. Damron, D-Nicholasville.

Damron and others filed House Bill 304 to get tough on employers who ‘knowingly and intentionally’ hire illegals.

“And to me, there's nothing more unconscionable than an employer who basically enslaves them because they’re providing cheap labor to do their product,” said Damron.

The bill would also use the criminal justice system to help indentify those who are in the U.S. without the proper documentation.

But Representative Bent Yonts believes some of that could be burden on the current system.

“It says ‘violations shall be brought before the circuit court.’ How is that going to overload the court system and affect AOC budgets? Create more judges, courthouses?” Rep. Yonts, D-Greenville, asked.

But others who testified say some illegal aliens are downright dangerous. And there's little being done to identify them.

“I don't think this committee wants to allow free roaming of serious criminal illegal aliens in this state,” Dr. David Duncan of Lexington, who supports the bill, told committee members.

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  • by suttor on Feb 12, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    Sign the petition for HB 304 http://www.petitiononline.com/hb304/petition.html
  • by bill Location: norman on Jan 27, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    Every third world Bandito thinks they have the right to cross the border and squat wherever they want in the USA and get free medical and free education for the Anchor babies they pop out every year!
  • by Pedro Location: Vote For Me on Jan 25, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    LEX-Tran needs to ponder this: Mexico City rolls out 'ladies only' buses with pink signs to wave off men after widespread groping complaints
  • by Rich on Jan 25, 2008 at 01:37 AM
    Illegals are depressing my wages and starting to make me live at the poverty level. I am black and in the last 6 years I am seeing more of my friends and Family losing jobs to the mexican illegals And the gang crime against us is getting bad..the mexi's will work for cheap and I cant afford to do it.
  • by KY Xtian Location: Mt. Sterling on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:51 PM
    How is this bill going to make a difference when the myriad of state and federal laws that we have against identity fraud, illegal employment that cover the exact same issues do not? This isn't an issue about enforcement, this is ultimately an issue about who is going to pay for the extra people and man hours required to carry out the enforcement. When our budget is already strapped, you can't try to recover money on the back end through months-long court cases to levy fines, because those people who enforce the law have to be paid just like everybody else, they cannot wait to be paid months or even years down the road. Our laws already sufficiently punish individuals who break the law, whether they are legal citizens or illegal immigrants. How about we focus on REAL issues afflicting Kentucky's citizens?
  • by steve Location: irvine on Jan 24, 2008 at 02:36 PM
    If they are illegal then ship their butts back im tired of this we need to hold our officials feet to the fire and make them do something about our border its nothing wrong with legal immigration its illegal i am worried about.Im tired of these peaple draining our recources its wrong.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    Yes, chrissy, these illegals have rights...in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, etc... Mexico ain't gonna "clearence check " anything, all they want is those dollars coming thru Western Union. Get real.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    Chrissy, (edited) for suggesting we should use the immigration problem as a way of making money. Hell, let's bring anyone and everyone from other countries and let them live here if they have the money. Your kin must have been slave traders. Disgusting.
  • by roy Location: lex on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    If I were to do something illegal the system would be sending me to prison,when are the people going to realize that something needs to be done NOW!!
  • by chrissy Location: winchester on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:15 AM
    I think we can bring in money by legalizing these illegal immigrants with no prior drug, violent abuse record. I also think that illegal or not they have rights as well. I say charge them a 3000.00 fee and start the paper process. People with no criminal record should be immediatly granted temporary work permits and get them documented. This would also cut the false documents used for public assistance off. Because people who get benefits such as foodstamps and checks under one name and works under another name. if legally documented they can't do that. Same goes for police reports or going to jail under several names until caught. I am no one but if i had the power i would do something about this. Give them drivers license so they can obtain proper insurance. so much i can say but little space to write it on. If someone reads this from the big house hope you take some of this in to consideration. Of course a major clearence check in Mexico and America should be done before anything.
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