In contrast, the Mississippi House passed H.B. 488 last month by a large margin, where representatives viewed the enforcement measures favorably. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Mar. 19, 2012) H.B. 488 would have: (1) required law enforcement officers to determine a person's immigration status during a lawful arrest if they had reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal alien (§2); (2) prohibited state and local sanctuary policies (§2); and (3) required that the business license of any employer who knowingly hires an illegal alien be revoked (§5).
While Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant continues to support the legislation, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, who made the decision to send H.B. 488 to the committee in which it died, opposed the bill. (LA Times, Apr. 3, 2012; Hattiesburg American, Apr. 5, 2012)
The chances of immigration enforcement legislation passing in Mississippi this legislative session, which ends May 5, now appear bleak. House Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gipson had tried to revive some of H.B. 488's provisions by amending another bill, but killed the measure two days later after legislative counsel advised such would likely be ruled out of order. (Clarion Ledger, Apr. 5, 2012)
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