The Kentucky Senate has recently passed SB6, a conservative immigration bill along the lines of the law passed last year in Arizona. Given my previous support for pro-immigration policies, some have asked my thoughts on the matter.
I’m not too terribly worried. The Kentucky House of Representatives is dominated by Democrats and Governor Beshear is a Democrat. Even though Kentucky Democrats are some of the most socially conservative Democrats in the country, House Speaker Stumbo has said that he’s unlikely to even consider the immigration bill from the Senate. Even if they were to consider it and pass it, which is unlikely, Governor Beshear would likely veto it. There is currently strong institutional and partisan opposition to this bill as things currently stand in the Kentucky government.
As has been noted by several local journalists, SB6 can be considered more as an attempt by Senate President Williams to hone his conservative credentials as he prepares for the upcoming gubernatorial election, and less as a serious attempt to pass a bipartisan piece of legislation with an actual chance of becoming law.