Protestors came to the Indiana Statehouse for what they called a “no hate” rally.
The rally on the south steps of the Statehouse, had many supporters like Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, who believe the bill sends the wrong message
Minority Democrats stood with the demonstrators on the steps and offered their support
Senate Bill 590, sponsored by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel would punish companies that hire illegal immigrants and would allow police officers to ask someone for proof of immigration status if they have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.
The Mennonite Church USA, which is headquartered in Indiana and represents 939 congregations nationwide, has registered its official opposition to Senate Bill 590.
Meanwhile, leaders of the Presbyterian Church have said they will not hold their biannual conference in Indianapolis this summer if SB 590 passes. That has the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association worried about the bill’s potential impact on tourism revenues.
Opponents of SB 590 have coalesced around a so-called Indiana Compact, which pledges a commitment to “responsible immigration reform.” Signatories of the compact include Mennonites, representatives of local Catholic dioceses, the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Jewish Community Relations Council, along with business representatives and other laypeople.
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