Will Indiana Follow Arizona's Lead in Immigration Arena?

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Is it likely legislators in Indiana will try to copy Arizona by enacting a new law to crack down on illegals?

Considering all the headaches that Arizona is experiencing because of its immigration law, it’s a fair question to ask why would other states want to go down the same road.

Lawmakers or candidates in as many as 18 states say they want to push similar measures when their legislative sessions start back up in 2011.

One of the biggest reasons is that public opinion is still firmly behind getting tough on a growing problem for states across the country.

Dennis Burke, the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, says Wednesday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, striking down the toughest parts of Arizona's illegal immigration law, …”is surely going to make other states pause, by demonstrating the Arizona blueprint is constitutionally flawed.”

Fort Wayne Democrat Win Moses believes an immigration bill will be introduced at the Indiana Statehouse in January.

State Rep. Win Moses/(D) Fort Wayne: " It could be dangerous for us, it certainly is down there. You can understand why Arizonans are worried and have passed the law that requires a lot more scrutiny of people that might be illegal aliens. We may have to consider things like that if our crime rate goes up, if other things happen."

Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer is vowing to appeal the ruling by Judge Bolton, delaying the most contentious provisions of that state’s law, including a section that required police officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

She also barred enforcement of immigrants being required to carry their papers to prove they are legal, and she struck down the part that banned immigrants from soliciting employment in public places.

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