By Maria-Karen Lopez
As a resident of the Commonwealth and vice-president of the Kentucky Dream Coalition, I am concerned about our immigrant community’s advocacy and collective action concerning anti-immigrant laws. Considering that Lexington’s increase in immigrant population ranks third nationally, it is important to remember the Commonwealth’s values for all our residents, including our immigrant community: “Together we stand, divided we fall.”
Last year in Kentucky, Senator John Schickel’s SB 6 was passed out of the Senate in early January
, following Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigrant legislation. However, we saw that such policy was not in the best economic interest for our Commonwealth. According to the fiscal-impact statement, the law was estimated to cost the state $89 million per year. The bill was not passed in the House Local Government Committee and is considered dead — for now.