Senator Charlie Janssen expects his immigration bill to die in committee. He says the majority of committee members believe illegal immigration enforcement is a federal issue. Janssen still plans to work on future immigration legislation.
The immigration bill looks a lot like the one in Arizona. And it's causing an uproar in the Latino community. Janssen says it's needed to stop illegal immigration in Nebraska.
The bill would require police, when enforcing other laws, to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect is here illegally. Critics say that leads to discrimination.
Another one of Janssen's bills also didn't make it out of committee. It would've repealed the law letting children of illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition at state colleges. That law was voted down 6-1-1.