The Indiana Senate passed SB 580 on Tuesday by a vote of 37-13. The bill now moves to the State House for further action, and if passed, the state would join 11 other states in getting tough on companies that hire illegal foreign workers instead of Americans.

Sen. Mike Delph’s (SB 580) strong illegal immigration crackdown bill had passed committee on Feb. 18 with some objectionable changes but Senators amended the bill on the floor yesterday to remove some bad provisions.

The legislation prohibits employers from knowingly employing illegal aliens and would require state and local governments, and their contractors, to use the federal E-Verify system to check the employment eligibility of new hires.

Some private employers also would be required to use E-Verify under the bill, but most would be subject to an administrative complaint process (individuals could file complaints with the state attorney general) that could lead to a business-license suspension or revocation for those found to have knowingly hired illegal aliens. Companies that use E-Verify, however, are provided safe harbor against such administrative actions. The bill also bans sanctuary policies, requires state correctional facilities to check the immigration status of inmates, and mandates the use of the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system to verify eligibility for public benefits.
View a map of states that have mandatory E-Verify laws or pending legislation.

Updated: Wed, Feb 25th 2009 @ 1:17pm EST