Miss. officials eye immigration policy

Mississippi is one of 14 states that require employers to use the E-Verify system before hiring new workers. E-Verify, an Internet-based service, uses federal databases to check the legal status of potential employees.

Since July 1, all companies in Mississippi with more than 30 workers have had to register. Those with fewer than 30 workers have another year to comply.

Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session to expand the state’s immigration restrictions.

“It’s pretty much the same bill (as Arizona’s),” she said.

The Arizona bill, which both proponents and critics have described as the strictest and broadest immigration effort in years, has come under fire from those who say legal residents and visitors will be unfairly targeted and possibly harassed.