By Kate Woomer-Deters
Staff Attorney, Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
In 2015, the General Assembly passed HB 318, which said that “government officials” could not accept either consular IDs or local/community IDs as acceptable forms of identification. The bill also said that cities and counties could not have policies prohibiting their law enforcement officers from gathering information about people’s immigration status. This harmful bill made law enforcement and government officials’ jobs harder, and made communities less safe because victims and witnesses of crime would be less willing to cooperate with the police. Now, the General Assembly is doubling down by adding confusing “enforcement provisions” to the law.