Associated Press -
February 15, 2010 3:24 PM ET
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Immigrant advocacy groups want Idaho lawmakers to dump three bills targeting illegal workers and companies that employ them, on grounds such reform should be left to the federal government.
Catholic Charities of Idaho and the Idaho Community Action Network were among critics of the bills at a press conference on Monday.
The strictest of the measures pending in the Idaho Legislature, sponsored by Sen. Mike Jorgenson of Hayden Lake, would require companies to use the federal E-Verify system and would suspend a business's license if it were caught knowingly hiring illegal workers.
Christine Tiddens, a Catholic Charities spokeswoman, told reporters immigration was a "fundamental moral issue which impacts human life and dignity."
Tiddens says the measures up for consideration sow "chaos and fear."