MIRA: Immigration bill panders to fear

JACKSON — Immigrants’ rights advocates say Mississippi politicians are engaged in election-year pandering with a bill that would give law officers more leeway to check if people are in the country illegally.

About 80 people rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol to oppose the bill.

The bill, which mirrors an Arizona law that took effect last year, is supported by several high-profile politicians. Chief among them is Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who’s running for governor.

Sun Herald
1/12/11