Posts Tagged ‘illegal workers’

Coast businesses sign illegal immigrant pact with Customs

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Three Gulf Coast businesses have completed training to strengthen hiring practices regarding illegal immigrants. Raymond R. Parmer Jr. with the U.S. Customs and Enforcement in New Orleans tells The Sun Herald the businesses signed agreements to protect the integrity of their workforce by participating in the IMAGE program and using E-Verify […] [...]

House chairman abandons attempt to revive immigration-enforcement bill

JACKSON — A Mississippi House chairman today abandoned his effort to revive tougher immigration enforcement provisions that included requiring local police to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities. The bill, which was killed earlier this week by a Senate chairman, now appears to be dead this legislative session. House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy […] [...]

Immigration-enforcement bill dies, but issue still alive

JACKSON — An immigration-enforcement bill has died because a chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote in a Mississippi Senate committee. However, the issue might not be dead. Some House members are trying to put immigration-enforcement provisions into other bills that are still alive. It’s unclear whether those efforts will succeed. Senate […] [...]

Man pleads guilty to transporting illegal workers from Texas to New York

GULFPORT — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to transporting illegal immigrants from Texas to northern New York, where he was arrested after mistakenly trying to enter Canada. The Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times reports 34-year-old Jason Lindsey of Biloxi pleaded guilty last Friday in federal court in Syracuse, N.Y. According to federal prosecutors, Lindsey was […] [...]

Bryant baffled by opposition to immigration-enforcement bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said he doesn’t understand some of the opposition that’s developed to an immigration-enforcement bill, particularly from businesses that say they don’t hire illegal immigrants, anyway. “If they’re not hiring illegal immigrants I am baffled as to why they think this law would be detrimental to their work,” Bryant told reporters […] [...]

House passes controversial illegal immgrant legislation

JACKSON — Mississippi House members want to step up enforcement against illegal immigrants, voting 70-47 in favor just after midnight. Leaders stripped more controversial provisions before the vote on House Bill 488. After initially failing, opponents of the bill were able on a second attempt to strip a provision requiring schools to count illegal immigrants, […] [...]

Bryant supports immigration-enforcement bill; dismisses critics

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday he supports an immigration-enforcement bill working its way through the state Legislature, and he dismissed critics’ contention that it could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. “This law applies to everyone, not just to people who are south of us or Hispanic by descent. But look at […] [...]

Mexican restaurants accused of hiring illegal immigrant workers

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court alleges the owner and managers of three Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County conspired to hire illegal immigrant workers and harbor them to avoid detection. The Sun Herald reports the complaint and the investigating agency have identified them as owner Jose Gutierrez and employees […] [...]

Protestors gather at Capitol; call immigration-enforcement bill ‘inhumane’

JACKSON — About 100 people, including immigrants with small children, yesterday gathered at the Mississippi Capitol to protest an immigration-enforcement bill that many called unfair and inhumane. The bill is similar to a law enacted in Alabama in 2011, including provisions that would require schools to check students’ immigration status. Alabama’s law is considered one […] [...]

Howard reaches tentative settlement in discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — Court records say a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has reached a tentative settlement in a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos. The lawsuit claimed one of the plaintiffs applied for a job at […] [...]

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