Friday, August 01, 2008
New Hampshire said NO to a bill HB1614. NO; TO NEW ID SYSTEM TO ENFORCE FEDERAL RESPONSABILITIES.
HB1614 would require that state officials enforce federal immigration and set up a new ID system to require proof of citizenship. It would also create criminal penalties for those who assist undocumented immigrants.
Supporters said this would fight Undocumented immigration, identify theft and protect our jobs. Opponents said it shifts the federal responsibility and the cost of stopping Undocumented immigration to the state, local police and businesses. It also encourages ethnic profiling and criminalizes the act of aiding illegal immigration, which is only a civil violation.
The House killed the bill, 241-79. A yes vote opposed the bill. Read bill here: