Braving a cold morning on hard and slippery capitol steps to voice opposition to what some are calling a bill of hate. And others say it’s one of too much cost and consequence.
“An estimated cost of $45million to our state budget. A loss of jobs and business,” said Immigration attorney Ron Russell from Louisville.
Some say if police are given the power to arrest everyone they think is an illegal….Kentucky jails won’t be able to afford to hold them all. And others say this entire bill is simply born out of politics.
“This is being driven by the far right, by the RNC, and it’s about fear and the next election,” said Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville.
Some rally attenders were legal immigrants of Hispanic or Latino origin, but but they think their rights will be tarnished if SB 6 passes. Others admitted they were representing illegal immigrants.
Jessica Cordova is married to an illegal immigrant.
“When we got together, I didn’t ask him for his papers,” said Cordova.
And gaining citizenship isn’t easy..but she says Senate Bill 6 would destroy their young family.
“We have to pay a lawyer $6,000...then he has to go home, ask for permission to come back,” she said.
Proponents say the bill only gives police the abilities to enforce laws already on the books, but others say it’s not that simple.
“There’s all kinds of documentation to verify someone’s immigration status. Police officers are not going to know what documents verify someone’s immigration status,” said Russell.
The bill has already passed the Senate and could get a vote in a House committee this week.