(KCPW News) After heated testimony from the community, the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 7-1 to move what’s being called a “comprehensive immigration reform bill” to the Senate floor last night. 78-year-old Alexandra Eframo, the child of immigrants herself, was one of many who told the committee the bill does not go far enough.
“I am opposed one million percent to this concept!” she argued. “This just breaks my heart. You people have degrees. You should be intelligent! I don’t understand your degree of lack of intelligence. We the people are speaking out. Please listen.”
Republican Senator Curt Bramble began drafting Senate Bill 288 in early December. He says the state needs a bill that incorporates enforcement provisions and a guest worker program intoo one plan to ensure the laws are coordinated.
“We wanted to have a bill that had enforcement, that had employer sanctions, that had E-Verify, had a state-based guest worker program, that had all of the provisions fit very well together,” said Bramble.
SB 288 also provides leeway for people already in the state illegally to remain with their families as workers. The only “no” vote yesterday came from Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero, who has argued the state shouldn’t be passing immigration bills of its own.