MISSISSIPPI – A Mississippi Senate chairman has let an immigration bill get killed after choosing not to bring it up for a vote before its Tuesday deadline.
According to Judiciary B Committee Chairman Hob Bryan, D-Amory, the bill was just a way to have police officers micromanaged.
“We would be telling local policemen how they should behave when they arrest somebody. We would be telling sheriff’s deputies what they should do when they arrest somebody. And I just don’t think that’s a proper role for the Legislature,” said Bryan.
Similar to other immigration laws, the bill would have required law enforcement officers to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement every time they arrest someone suspected of being an illegal immigrant. Those that do not comply would have been fined up to $5,000 per day.
In addition, the bill also would have also prohibited any illegal immigrant from applying for a driver’s or business license.
“There’s so much confusion going on with people. I just simply think that this is about America being a nation of laws and that people that are violating our borders and coming here, that law enforcement needs to have the responsibility of making sure, if they’re among the general population, we identify them and upholding the law,” added Bryan.
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