State House members approved their version of an immigration bill today, stripping Senate-approved language that could have caused a flood of lawsuits against law enforcement first responders and local elected officials for not doing enough on the issue.
The proposal also would shift attention and enforcement by holding responsible those people who bring illegal immigrants to Mississippi to fill specific jobs. Senate Bill 2179 passed the House by a 77-40 vote; it is expected to return to the Senate where members will consider the House changes.
“The issue is a hot-button issue, not only in Mississippi but across the nation,” said state Rep. Bobby Moak of Bogue Chitto, who outlined the bill for House members.
“In Mississippi, the House attempted to take all the information provided and craft the best legislation that will actually do something to address this problem and address concerns Mississippians have raised.” Moak said.