Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Coast businessman to forfeit $475,000 for hiring illegals

BILOXI — A Biloxi businessman who hired illegal immigrants for government construction jobs has been ordered to forfeit $475,000, which his attorney said is a rough average of his net income over a number of years. The Sun Herald reports Randall Weitzel, CEO of Artisan Textures, was sentenced Wednesday to a six-month prison term followed […] [...]

Weitzel facing forfeiture for using illegal workers

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors want a South Mississippi businessman to forfeit $475,000 in an illegal immigration case. Randy Weitzel of Gulfport allegedly earned the money by employing illegal immigrants, including some who worked construction jobs at the federal courthouse in Gulfport where Weitzel was convicted and Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi. Weitzel was identified […] [...]

Ball State University report: Mississippi is fat and stupid

Mississippians are fat, stupid and doomed to low-wage, menial careers, according to a Ball State University report. However, officials at the Mississippi Economic Council scoff at the findings, leading MEC president Blake Wilson to say, “I’m glad (they are) very safe behind (their) internet research perch.” >>> SEE REPORT<<< >>>SEE COMPLETE STORY<<< [...]

State first to implement RIDE for employee verification

by Published: June 14,2011

Tags: federal government, illegal workers, immigration

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE), a new feature which allows USCIS’ E-Verify program to validate the authenticity of Mississippi driver’s licenses used by employees as Form I-9 identity documents. Mississippi is the first state to partner with USCIS to implement RIDE. USCIS […] [...]

Controversial immigration bill dies at Capitol

by Published: March 30,2011

Tags: illegal workers, immigration, state government

JACKSON — The push for a comprehensive anti-immigration bill in Mississippi began with a series of hearings and a rally in opposition, but the measure has quietly died under a legislative deadline. There appeared to be little serious discussion about a compromise on the bill that was patterned after the law enacted in Arizona in […] [...]

Alabama co. suspected of using illegal workers at Keesler

BILOXI — An Alabama business was raided this month as part of a federal probe that stems from suspected illegal immigrants working construction jobs at Keesler Air Force Base. Federal immigration officials confirmed the March 17 raid on Hernandez Stucco in Alabaster, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. It’s at least the third business targeted as […] [...]

Ex-Howard official gets house arrest for hiring illegals

LAUREL — The former human resources manager of a Mississippi company was sentenced today to six months house arrest for hiring hundreds of illegal immigrants who were rounded up in the largest workplace immigration raid in U.S. history. Jose Humberto Gonzalez pleaded guilty in Dec. 2009 to conspiracy and admitted hiring people he knew were […] [...]

State Senate passes immigration bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate passed a bill yesterday to let law enforcement officers check the status of people they think might be in the United States illegally. The bill passed 34-15 after a debate that stretched on more than four hours. Several supporters of the bill, including Tea Party members, watched from the Senate […] [...]

Senate debating controversial immigration bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate is debating a bill designed to crack down on illegal immigration. Lengthy discussion was expected today, and several supporters are watching from galleries in the Senate chamber. The bill says a law enforcement officer would be allowed to check a person’s immigration status if the officer suspects the person might […] [...]

Immigration bill causing rifts in Legislature

by Published: January 17,2011

Tags: illegal workers, immigration, state government

JACKSON — An Arizona-style immigration bill is shaping up as one of the most divisive topics of the 2011 Mississippi legislative session, and Republican Gov. Haley Barbour might end up as a moderate voice on the issue. Barbour can’t seek a third term this year and is considering a presidential run in 2012. He said […] [...]

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