With Attorney General Jon Bruning at his side, State Sen. Charlie Janssen introduced this morning his proposals for fighting illegal immigration in Nebraska.
Janssen outlined LB48 -- the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act -- at a morning press conference.
The bill would:
* Require law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of a person who has been lawfully stopped, detained or arrested when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is unlawfully present in the United States.
* Prohibit state, county, city or political subdivisions of the state from limiting or restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
* Prohibit the hiring as an employee or independent contractor a person who is unlawfully present in the United States.
* Prohibit the harboring or transporting anyone who is not legally in the United States.
* Require those who must carry a certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card to do so.
"For decades, the federal government has stood by and watched as immigration laws have been violated in this country, leading to millions of illegal aliens streaming into our country," Janssen said in his opening statements.
"This bill is simply about enforcement of federal laws on the state and local levels," he added.
Janssen said he began working on the bill during the last session, even before Arizona passed its law dealing with illegal immigration. That law is involved in litigation, but some of its provisions were blocked by a federal judge.
Working with Bruning, Janssen said they have worked on a bill that could stand up to judicial review.
The bill most likely will be assigned to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee. It's chairman, Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, has said he would not support such a bill. Committee member Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha also has said she would not support the measure, The Associated Press reported.