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[24 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 3,891 views]
Arkansas unions riled up over illegal immigrants

A bill imposing penalties against contractors who knowingly hire illegal immigrants is due to go before a state House committee on Wednesday and some Arkansas unions have been asked to come to the state Capitol and show their support for it.
The bill at issue is HB 1013, which is sponsored by State Rep. Jim Nickels (D-Sherwood). The bill, if passed, will allow the state Contractors Licensing Board to impose penalties on contractors who — directly or through a subcontractor — knowingly hire people who are not authorized to work in …