Members of the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs have come against a bill that would keep undocumented immigrants from getting public assistance or health-care services.
"We're against the bill because it has a negative impact on the Hispanic and Latino Community," said Amy Mendoza, the commission's executive director.
Mendoza also said a letter opposing House Bill 1383 would also be issued to both the authors and co-sponsors of the bill, Gov. Mitch Daniels and to Indiana legislators.
Margie Chavez, who is set to replace Rep. John Aguilera next month as chair, said the commission also plans on recommending an amendment be added that would reintroduce the option of granting driver's certificates -- temporary licenses good for a year -- to immigrants who could not prove they are in the country legally.
To get a license now in Indiana, people must show proof their immigration status is legal. It can be time-consuming to gather the necessary documents and some fear many immigrants will decide instead to drive without a license.
The commission advises the governor and state lawmakers on issues important to the Hispanic and Latino communities.