You can put Mississippi at the head of the line on at least one thing: that state’s seante is the first to approve an immigration law that apes Arizona’s sb 1070. Mississippi’s version is known as SB2179 and according to clutchmagonline.com
The measure permits law enforcement officers to check an individual’s immigration status during a traffic stop or while enforcing other laws if they feel that the person is reasonably suspicious.The new legislation also makes it a state crime to be stopped and caught without immigration papers and allows law enforcement officers to arrest individuals that are “reasonably believed” to be undocumented without a warrant.
The bill is currently moving into the House as concerns are raised over Gov. Haley Barbour’s stance on the issue. In the past. Barbour noted that anti-immigration legislation is beneficial but also that he valued the contributions that immigrants have made to the state of Mississippi.
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