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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 to check applicants’ eligibility to ...

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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 Gipson, R-Braxton, said he still ...

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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 Judiciary B Committee Chairman Hob ...

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Bryan concerned about immigration-enforcement, abortion bills

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate chairman says he has concerns about immigration-enforcement and abortion-regulation bills assigned to his committee. The bills face a deadline of today for consideration in the Senate Judiciary B Committee. The chairman, Democratic Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory, said yesterday that the immigration-enforcement measure, House Bill 488, could intrude into the responsibilities of local law-enforcement agencies. ...

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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 in a brief interview yesterday ...

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Contractors, ag groups join opposition to immigration-enforcement bill

JACKSON — Building contractors and agriculture groups, including those representing the poultry industry and sweet-potato growers, say they’re against an immigration-enforcement bill awaiting debate in Mississippi. Their opposition indicates growing political difficulties for a bill supported by first-term Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who won office last November with the help of tea party groups and the Mississippi Federation for Immigration ...

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Groups voice opposition to immigration enforcement legislation

JACKSON — Four influential groups in Mississippi say they’re opposing an immigration enforcement bill because of unanswered questions about how it would affect police agencies and local government. The Associated Press obtained a letter sent to senators yesterday by the heads of the Mississippi Municipal League and the associations of sheriffs, police chiefs and county supervisors. The letter raises questions ...

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Immigration bill eliminates provisions blocked by federal court

Mississippi apparently won’t be getting a fully Alabma-style anti-immigration bill — at least not if the state Senate goes along with keeping from the final bill certain provisions removed by the House. The House version passed last Thursday could also keep Mississippi from the legal difficulties Alabama encountered earlier this month when the 11th Circuit Court of appeals blocked two ...

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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, saying it would violate federal ...

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Judge delays trial of couple accused of using illegal immigrants

RIDGELAND — A federal judge has pushed back until May the trial of a couple charged with knowingly using illegal immigrants at their irrigation company in central Mississippi. The trial had been scheduled for April in U.S. District Court in Jackson, but has been postponed until May 21. A federal indictment says Paul and Barbara Love used illegal immigrants as ...

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