Pa. immigration bill has some officials on edge

A bill introduced by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe lays out new immigration enforcement mandate, but does not include new funding for law enforcement


By Jeff Frantz
The Hanover Evening Sun (Pennsylvania)

The Adams County District Attorney's office has one detective. His salary is paid by a grant tied to preventing domestic violence, and those are the cases he works. Even if a bill proposed this week eventually overhauls how Pennsylvania deals with illegal immigrants, domestic violence will still be that detective's top priority, said Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner.

The bill, as introduced by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, does not include new funding for law enforcement. Wagner and York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said they don't have the resources to make investigating business suspected of hiring illegal immigrants, which the new law would task them with doing, a top priority.

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