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Howard Industries pleads guilty to conspiracy

LAUREL — One of Mississippi’s most successful private companies pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to violate immigration laws related to the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants, federal authorities said. Immigration agents detained more than 600 illegal immigrants at Howard Industries’ electrical transformer plant in Laurel during a massive raid Aug. 25, 2008. The company had repeatedly denied knowing ...

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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 galleries. It’s unclear whether the ...

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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 be in the United States ...

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Immigration bill causing rifts in Legislature

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 during an interview in December ...

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Simpson concerned about immigration law

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety says a proposed immigration enforcement law could cause a burden on some law enforcement agencies. MDPS Commissioner Stephen Simpson says there are costs associated with detaining suspected illegal immigrants, holding hearings for them and transporting them to federal facilities. Simpson told the Senate Judiciary A Committee yesterday that he ...

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Sentencing postponed in illegal workers case

LAUREL — A federal judge has again postponed sentencing for the only executive convicted in the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants, and a legal expert said the continued delays could mean he’s cooperating in an ongoing investigation. Jose Humberto Gonzalez pleaded guilty in Dec. 2009 to conspiracy and admitted he knowingly hired illegal immigrants at a Howard Industries ...

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Inspectors to check for illegal workers

The federal government will inspect hiring records of 180 employers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee to check for compliance with immigration laws and regulations. That’s according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The business group says the inspections will be performed by Homeland Security’s division of immigration customs enforcement. Technical violations carry fines of up to $1,100 ...

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