Immigration Study Committee

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  A former federal immigration official testified Wednesday before an Indiana Senate panel on immigration, and he painted a bleak picture of the U.S. immigration system.

Michael Cutler worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service for 30 years before leaving the agency two decades ago. He’s now affiliated with a private think-tank that advocates for limiting all immigration – including legal immigration.

Testifying before the study committee, Cutler warned of what he sees as the dangers posed by illegal immigration.

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Indiana’s Senate immigration study committee shifted its focus in its third meeting Wednesday to the impact of both legal and illegal immigration on the workforce. 

The committee heard testimony from a variety of sources: business organizations, immigration attorneys and people who’ve gone through the immigration process. And a common theme surfaced. 

Here’s Indianapolis immigration attorney Angela Adams:

“It’s largely up to the federal government to solve this quagmire of immigration policy.”

Mike Ripley from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce:

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The Indiana State Senate Tuesday kicked off a six-month long committee to study issues with illegal immigration.  The first committee meeting features testimony from two expert witnesses who advocated for stricter immigration measures.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the committee Indiana should enact measures to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote and require all businesses to use E-Verify, which checks the legal status of prospective employees.