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11 held in ICE restaurant raids plead guilty

By JACK WEATHERLY Eleven foreign nationals arrested Feb. 22 in raids at Jackson and Meridian area restaurants by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have pleaded guilty, or in one case await a plea hearing, to violating the federal Re-entry of Deported or Removed Alien act. They are among 55 foreign nationals who were arrested by ICE agents at ...

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Bryant signs bill to outlaw immigration sanctuaries

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Monday banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally, saying he wants Mississippi to help federal agencies arrest people without legal status. Bryant, a longtime critic of illegal entry by immigrants, cited President Donald Trump’s executive order banning sanctuary cities when he signed the law. Since ...

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Mississippi moving to ban immigrant sanctuary policies

The Mississippi House advanced a bill to ban immigration sanctuary policies. Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges can’t prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also can’t give legal status to people who entered the country without permission, such as by issuing an ID card. The bill passed the House Tuesday and will return ...

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Advocates: Sanctuary city ban will hurt Mississippi economy

A bill banning immigration sanctuary policies is drawing opposition from some Mississippi clergy, law enforcement and immigration advocates who say it will hurt the economy. Senate Bill 2710 says municipalities, state agencies and public colleges can’t prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also can’t give legal status to people who have entered the country without permission, such ...

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GOP congressional delegation opposes Obama's immigration order

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority and ignoring the wishes of voters by issuing an executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation, applauded Obama’s effort, calling it a “bold step” to begin changing “the broken immigration system.” Thompson, however, says ...

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Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver's licenses

LAUREL — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a third person have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Prosecutors say Yolanda Jean Perkins and Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and Elmer Enrique Martinez-Velasquez of Albertville, Alabama, a Mexican native who authorities say was living in the country illegally, pleaded guilty in August. They ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love for the orphan

Governor Phil Bryant met last week with Mississippi’s Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist leaders to discuss the plight of “legal” refugee children seeking help and homes in our state. These seemingly well-meaning religious leaders urged Bryant not to block the resettling of immigrant children to potential homes in Mississippi. Bryant said “no,” but made an even more important point to these ...

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Bryant's position on refugee children unchanged after meeting with religious leaders

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision to block additional legal child refugees from being resettled in Mississippi hasn’t changed following a meeting with Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Jackson runs a program to resettle child refugees under sponsorship of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. » READ MORE: DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love ...

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Ex-state employees, illegal alien plead guilty to identity theft

HATTIESBURG — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a man have pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins and 33-year-old Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and 32-year-old Jose Martel Rivera, a Mexican native living in the country illegally, all ...

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Bryant protests immigrant children being housed in state

JACKSON — Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released data yesterday showing that sponsors in Mississippi ...

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