Reaction to Mississippi Immigration Bill

A bill has been proposed in the Mississippi Legislature to crack down on illegal immigration in the state.

The bill is modeled after a similar bill that passed in Alabama in 2011. It has been called one of the most restrictive laws in the country and has caused great controversy.

Wade Jones, president of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, said the impact
could be that the bill could actually stop jobs from coming to Mississippi. But Jones said he doesn't see it having a huge impact on the east central part of the state.

Jones says only about two and a half percent of Lauderdale County's population is Hispanic, and many of them are here legally. So he doesn't expect a major effect economically for this area, whether the bill passes or not.

"It appears that this is simply taking the federal laws on immigration, on aliens and illegal immigrants, and making sure at the state level, every agency that has a responsibility for identifying an illegal alien and turning that person over to the proper agencies," said Jones. "I think that is what this is intended to do, is to further enforce federal law in Mississippi."

Jones says there might be a greater impact in other parts of the state, where immigrant workers are more heavily used.

If the bill is passed, the Southern Poverty Law Center has said it will sue.

Half of Mississippi's foreign-born population has moved here since 2000, many illegally. A recent study from then-Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant estimated about 49,000 illegal immigrants total in the state.


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  • by Sophia Location: USA on Feb 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
    Anon wrote: "I hope you all realize that a drivers' license is NOT proof of citizenship. Only a birth certificate or a passport is. Unless you regularly carry around such items on your person, you (even those of you who are white) will not be able to "prove" that you are a US citizen or here legally." ------------------------------------------------------ American citizens already showed their birth certificates when they applied for their driver's licenses. Because of this, they don't need to carry their birth certificates around with them. They just need to show the police their driver's license when necessary.
  • by Kathleen Location: Pennsylvania on Feb 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    I so hope SPLC does sue so that those who work to maintain law and order in this country have the opportunity to demand SPLC fully disclose where their monies come from and who bestows donations on them so they can continue their anti-American agenda.
  • by Bobby Location: California on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    Don't Americans understand. What will it take for them to see that the Southern Poverty Law Center, is NOT ABOUT POVERTY, but about MONEY. They are a fifth column in the U.S. fighting against Americans laws, the Congress that created them, and the citizens. Any politician supporting this organization,and anyone associated with it, DOES NOT HAVE AMERICANS BEST INTERESTS AT HEART.
  • by Anon Location: Oxford on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:44 PM
    I hope you all realize that a drivers' license is NOT proof of citizenship. Only a birth certificate or a passport is. Unless you regularly carry around such items on your person, you (even those of you who are white) will not be able to "prove" that you are a US citizen or here legally.
  • by No more privacy on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    I believe this law also says you must have a birth certificate in addition to other forms of ID. I should have to prove I am who I say I am. This is not Russia, China, Nazi Germany or some communist country. Tea Party people want smaller government but pass laws for more government interference into our private lives. To see if you have ID or whether you are a US citizen should not be probable cause to pull someone over. Sure you have to have a driver's license in case you are pulled over for a legitimate reason. However, under this law you dont have to be driving, simply walking down the street. Open the door to this govermental intrusion to our privacy pretty soon they will knock on your door and ask you for ID and to prove you should be living there.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2012 at 05:55 PM in reply to No more privacy
      This is so untrue!
  • by just sayin.. . . . Location: Meridian on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    To Anonymous or anyone that is here illegally. If immigrants are here legally you have nothing to worry about. Besides the law enforcement officers are just looking for any excuse to catch a DUI, they don't care if you are pink, purple or from Mars, they just want another notch in their DUI belt. As to taliking about just being pulled over because you are brown, how about just being pulled over because you did not use your turn signal to change lanes. Be a legalized citizen, then you have the paperwork, no problem. If you are here illegally, you have no rights of a citizen.
  • by Leo Location: meridian on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:49 AM
    when i get stoped by law enforcement i have to show a ID. If you are legal good if not go home. the law is for every person.
  • by US citizen Location: Toomsuba on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:40 AM
    I agree with whynot. I provide birth certificates for my children and my I.D. so why is it such a big deal. We have laws, so enforce them.
  • by bearhunter on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:53 PM
    why is it everytime a issue comes up that is so clear and makes sence that the only thing liberals can do is cry racisim or discrimination, or cheep shots of hittler and 1930s and 40s germany. like thats gonna make people feel their wrong and gonna shut up. quite the contrairy, it maks most people mad because they see thru the thin skinness of it. if you have to argue with crys of racisim and such and have nothing but false statements dreamed up by personal thoughts and wants, maybe you should re think our case.
  • by bearhunter on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:37 PM
    thank you for that wonderful comment anonymous. now anyone who reads it will be 1 percent dummer than they were befor they read it. no one can be pulled over for no reason, but if your speeding or breaking a traffic law you get pulled overand need to have a driver licence. whice brings me back to liberal democrats again who want driver licences to be issued to illegal aliens. I wonder why that is hummm. the problem with you liberals are you are so easiely led like sheep. you make arguments on false assumtions that the liberal media programs in your head to keep you off the real agenda that is so visably clear and needed.
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