House Bill 304 Defeated in Kentucky – Courier Journal


Here’s a link to the bill which is essentially a SAVE Act type piece of legislation that requires E-Verify, punishes employers of undocumented migrants and just generally provides a good level of fear for Kentucky residents. We definitely need more fear – I certainly don’t feel safe unless I know I’m being watched.

Immigration bill dies in House panel – Courier Journal
March 22, 2008

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The House Judiciary Committee chairwoman yesterday killed a controversial immigration-enforcement bill and has delayed action on a Senate abortion bill.

Rep. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, announced that after an extensive series of hearings on House Bill 304, which would have Kentucky take over many of the federal government’s immigration duties, she will not hold a vote on the bill.

It’s not surprising to read she received inflammatory email. That seems par for the course for many anti-migrants. Many of these people believe that bullying and intimidation are the best way to change our country for the better. Sure, we don’t have enough bullying and intimidation. That’s the real problem with America.

Stein said she was particularly concerned by inflammatory rhetoric in e-mails from some citizens supporting a state immigration crackdown — some of which she described as threatening, intimidating and disturbing.

In the article she alludes to the Know Nothing party and our history’s ‘uglier’ times.

Speaking on the immigration issue, Stein, a former American history teacher, said some of the views expressed in hearings, letters and e-mails reminded her of the “Know Nothing” party movement of the mid-1800s, which targeted primarily Irish and Catholic immigrants coming to the United States.

“I don’t want to turn 2008 in this country into a period that resembles other ugly times,” she said.


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