The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday, Dec. 8, that
would, if passed by Congress, strengthen requirements for employers to check
the immigration status of job applicants and would also make it a crime to
reside in the
Currently, illegal immigration is only a violation of civil statutes
and is not classified as a crime.
The bill, sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner
Jr., R-WI, would also increase penalties for violations of immigration law and
for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country, according to Congressional Quarterly.
In addition, the bill would require federal reimbursement for sheriff’s
departments in the 29 counties along the Mexican border for apprehending and
jailing illegal immigrants.
The bill is due for consideration before the full House the week of