While it remains an emotional subject, a state lawmaker on a key committee says the topic of illegal immigration likely will not get much attention in the 2012 Nebraska legislative session.
Senator Tyson Larson of O’Neill says members of the Unicameral may not have enough time to get to the hot-button issue in the “short session” starting in January.
Larson says, “Even Senator Janssen himself has come out and said that to say this thing has a chance is ‘a bit of a stretch,’ so when you have the introducer of the bill saying things of that nature, it’s unlikely that it’s going to go anywhere.”
In the last session, Senator Charlie Janssen of Fremont introduced a multi-faceted anti-illegal immigration bill. One polarizing element in the bill was forcing those who are stopped by police to prove residency.
Larson says the legislature’s Judiciary Committee held an interim hearing last week on immigration issues, but he doesn’t expect them to produce any results next year.
“We learned about the Alabama immigration law and the Utah immigration law that seems to be doing very well there,” Larson says. “We’re looking at a number of different factors but I don’t see anything happening in 2012.”
Larson says eventually something will have to be done to address immigration problems, but with state and federal cooperation.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton