Updated: Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 5:48 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 17 May 2010, 6:20 PM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - As many as 85,000 illegal immigrants live in Indiana.
Arizona's new law makes it a crime to live in the U.S. illegally, directing police to verify folks legal status.
One Indiana Senator said he'll do the same in the Hoosier state if the White House won't.
But one local family disagrees, saying they've lived through tough U.S. laws to get from Mexico to Terre Haute.
"It took us a long process to get him legal here in the United States," said Patty Pineda of her husband Eduardo.
Patty and Eduardo met when they both worked in Florida's watermelon fields, she from the U.S., he from Mexico.
Now married for over a decade, they said these laws hurt folks who are willing to work hard for a better life.
"If they have families over here, and they're trying to support their families, yes, they should let them over here," Patty said.
Indiana State Senator Mike Delph said federal law already prohibits illegal immigrants. But the law is not enforced, so states need to act on their own.
"What is going on in Arizona is an effort at the state level to deal with what the federal level of government has failed to deal with, which is our porous borders and our broken federal immigration system," Delph said.
And he said claims about racial profiling just don't stand.
"You see people that really don't want the law enforced throwing up their hands and throwing out allegations like racial profiling and things like that to try to intimidate people like myself from trying to do what our constituents want us to do, which is to enforce the rule of law," continued Delph.
Arizona's law is set to take effect July 29, 2010.
Delph plans to outline his proposal before the January 2011 legislative session.
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