TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House has refused to schedule a debate on a bill that would require law enforcement officers to check the legal status of people they suspect of being in the country illegally.
The vote Wednesday was 84-40 against pulling the measure from the House Judiciary Committee, where it has been tabled.
The measure’s provisions on policing mirror a law enacted in Arizona last year. Critics say it would lead to racial profiling, something supporters dispute.
The bill also would require state agencies and contractors to make a good faith effort to check the status of their workers by using the federal E-Verify program.
Supporters of the measure say Kansans want action on illegal immigration. Opponents say the bill would be burdensome for businesses and local governments.
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