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Immigration bill’s chances in Senate committee don’t look good

The House bill that would enact several layers of illegal immigration reform, including requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to take a more active role in preventing it, faces a Tuesday deadline to make it out of the Senate Judiciary B Committee.

It doesn’t sound like it will.

Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, chairman of Jud B, said at Monday’s meeting of the Stennis Capitol Press Corps that the bill, House Bill 488, tries to solve a problem best handled by the federal government.

“It appears to instruct police and sheriff’s deputies on how to do their job,” Bryan said. “I agree illegal immigration is a serious problem, but I also think it’s a federal issue.”

Bryan would not say if he would bring the bill up in his committee Tuesday — and believe me, I tried to get him to say one way or the other — but it sounds like he will not. “Given what’s on the (federal) books, is this an efficient way to deal with the problem? I question whether this particular remedy is the best way to handle it.”

Several business groups and law enforcement organizations have signaled their opposition to the bill, which is one of Gov. Phil Bryant’s legislative priorities, saying it acts as an unfunded mandate and has the potential to do major harm to small businesses and to the state‚Äôs agriculture sector. Farm Bureau has also come out against it.

If it doesn’t make it out of Jud B tomorrow, it won’t be gone for good. It’s already been attached as an amendment to another bill so the issue will stick around at least a little while longer.

  1. April 3rd, 2012 at 19:56 | #1

    From a concerned citizen. So, what are legal residents and citizens supposed to do under a u.s. government in which the federal government itself refuses to enforce the law? Non-enforcement of the law seems to be the law followed here. And when such becomes the trend, the law no longer seems to have any effect at all. What option is there when the federal government does not enforce the law and continues to do it (which makes the federal appear to be aiding and abetting the illegal aliens to remain here without repercussion)? Has the time come to focus one’s attention to getting the federal government enforce the laws already in the books to help curb illegal immigration instead of putting the strain on the states (like Arizona, for one) attempting to defend itself, including other states from the adverse impact created by illegal immigration? The issue of illegal immigration has reached such enormous height, things have become so complicated now in enforcing the law. But something needs to be done here. Mainly, the need to have jobs for unemployed citizens and legal residents rather than keep jobs readily available to unlawful residents out of greed by some corporate entities. I can sympathize for the undertrodden, but, please, let us help our own first. Charity begins at home, here, in the United States of America.

  2. April 3rd, 2012 at 19:59 | #2

    Please use my name as Concerned Citizen. My comment above should remain the same.

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