Immigration Bill Protest

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

You can now add more groups to the long and ever growing list of those disapproving of perhaps the most controversial piece of legislation at the state capitol, House Bill 488, also known as the immigration bill.

"We are asking for a fair and equitable immigration reform bill," said Mayor Nancy Chambers of Forest.

They're members of statewide associations representing city and county government, law enforcement, agriculture and business. Mayor Chambers, who's also the current president of the Mississippi Municipal League, says they're not against immigration reform, but rather what they say are unfunded mandates in the bill.

"We recognize that the enforcement of any immigration bill is going to be on the backs of law enforcement and on the backs of municipalities to provide the money that law enforcement needs," said Chambers.

"There's no way to fund this bill," said Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp, who's also with the state sheriff's association.

Kemp says the bill, in current form, would lead to overcrowding in jails and become a financial burden to local residents.

"Where's all this money going to come from? It's going to come from me and you and everybody else who's paying taxes," said Kemp.

The bills author, Representative Becky Currie says that's just not the case.

"I think it will save taxpayers money in the long run," said Currie, a republican from Brookhaven.

Currie says taxpayers already foot the bill for illegal immigrants through state services like healthcare and education. She says the hundreds of millions of dollars saved could be placed where needed.

"I don't believe that it's going to be as much of a problem to municipalities as they really think that it is," said Currie.

As groups line up in opposition, folks like Mayor Chambers and Sheriff Kemp say they at least want to give input before an immigration reform bill becomes law.

"We're just asking, let us come to the table. Lets us give some contributions. Let's come up with a bill that will not put an undue burden on local taxpayers," said Chambers.

The Mississippi Economic Council is also coming out against the bill through a letter sent to Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. The bill already passed the house, and Wednesday, Reeves assigned the bill to a senate judiciary committee for further review.


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  • by yep on Apr 1, 2012 at 03:40 PM
    You said it. If they work and do the right thing. The right thing is to do the paperwork to come here legally. Buy insurance and not feed off Medicaid. Anyone who wants to come to the USA legally are welcomed. Others are breaking the law. Plain and simple.
  • by Roger Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    Well thats it. The problem just can't be solved so we should just give up. Maybe we need new politicians?
  • by bearhunter on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:48 AM
    its true that americans dont want to pick fruit or plant pine trees. in this day everyone believes they are supposed to be given $100000 jobs and not have to do much. but if a mexican or canadian or anyone forign to our soil want to come here and work they need to do it legal so they are documented and paying taxes. as for solving the problem at the source, im not talking about running around the whole country and door to door. I am saying we should line up and down the border in the remote locations set up posts in the deserts and get target practice on the ones we catch crossing the boarder.a few good weeks of that and there wont be many crossing the boarder.they would be forced to cross at regulated crossings
  • by Second Voice Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    AMEN to
    JHon Smith's post. Well said.
  • by cw on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    I dont mind immigrants here as long as they pay taxes and buy insurance the same as me.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:55 AM
    Bearhunter's mentality is scary at best. It seems illegal immigrants are here because too many of our own citizens of all colors won't do the kind of labor these people are willing to do.
  • by Jhon Smith Location: Newton County on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM
    I am sorry but this last post is nothing but a bunch of racist nazi garbage, white countries? No way, this is the melting pot and everybody who wants to better their life is welcome if they work and do the right thing, there is no such thing as white country, in mississippi? jajajajajaja this guy is not intelligent enough to look around, stupid people like this make this country look bad, there are thousands of doctors, scientist, HEROES, pastors, hard workers that had migrated to this country legally and illegally and they contribute even more than this white supremacist, GOOD NIGHT WHITE KLAN!!!
  • by bearhunter on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
    This would not have been a problem 60 or70 years ago because the people of that era had grit and would have put a stop to it at the source. The way I see it these illegal aliens are invaders of or soil and hurting are country financially. What do countries do when a foreign force invades their soil they retaliate with force. I would be willing to bet that there are a good number of militia groups and weekend warrior types that would love the opportunity to defend are border and would probably bring their own supplies. Cost $0. I would even se my two week vacation time to help out. I know human rights activists would not agree and the only way for this to happen is total collapse of the system but if it could be done you could bet we would not have a imagination problem. Vote for Obama again and maybe this can come true.
  • by WhiteDude Location: U.S.A. on Mar 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everyone? Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will. be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY. into White countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote. assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
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