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Councilman Doug Hawkins to Give Testimony in Frankfort on Immigration House Bill

Tuesday February 5, 2008

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:    
Stephen Haag, Jr.   574-1204 / 645-1752

Louisville, Ky. - Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins will give testimony before the Judicial Committee in Frankfort, Kentucky today at 2:00 p.m.  Committee members will be discussing Representative Robert Damron’s KY House Bill 304, an act relating to homeland security and immigration, which has the support of eight members of the Kentucky General Assembly.

If passed, KY HB 304 will increase homeland security by allowing pre-trial officers to obtain place of birth and citizenship from prisoners in jail and report undocumented nationals to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and Administrative Office of the Courts.  Similar to Councilman Hawkins’ Metro Council Resolution, KY HB 304 will allow local and state law enforcements to enter into agreements with the federal government for local enforcement of immigration.  This allows local law enforcement agencies to participate in the federally funded 287(g) program.

“Kentucky House Bill 304 does many helpful things - it gives us a strong anti-identity theft law; it provides for our jailers to identify quickly any persons in their custody who may be here unlawfully; it encourages all Kentucky law enforcement agencies to join the federal government 287(g) program; and it encourages the use of the E-Verify System to ensure government contractors and vendors use only lawful employees,” says Councilman Hawkins.

In addition to increasing local participation in public protection, KY HB 304 would require businesses contracting or subcontracting with government verify employees’ citizenship, social security number, and other required information through the Federal E-Verify program to avoid hiring undocumented workers.  Employers would be required to use the Federal Employment Eligibility Verification program beginning January 1, 2009.

Councilman Hawkins will speak in support of KY HB 304 because he recognizes the importance of sharing citizenship and immigration information with local governments as an effort to increase homeland security and to report undocumented foreign-nationals to the appropriate authorities.

Doug Hawkins (R) 26