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Miss. Anti-Immigrant Law Dies in State Senate

Posted: Apr 04, 2012


A controversial bill cracking down on undocumented immigration died in the Mississippi state Senate after Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, a judiciary committee chairman, chose not to bring it to a vote before a Tuesday deadline.

The Arizona-style bill, known as HB 488, would have required police to call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during arrests involving individuals suspected of being in the country illegally, and included measures that would make it difficult for undocumented immigrants to find work in the state. Other provisions, including one that required schools to count undocumented students, were earlier eliminated from the legislation.

The bill’s demise came as good news to its opponents, which included immigrant and civil rights groups, law enforcement officers, and business groups that worried the new measures would damage the state’s economy.

Mississippi Republicans, however, are trying to keep some key elements of the bill alive by inserting them into other pieces of legislation still being considered in the state legislature, according the the Associated Press. But state rules against wedging issues into unrelated bills may prevent that from occurring.

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