Anti-illegal immigration likely to come up in legislature

STARKVILLE — A Georgia federal judge heard arguments this week over whether Georgia new Arizona-style immigration law should stand or fall. The judge heard arguments on both the constitutionality and the practicality of enforcing the law.

The law closely mirrors Mississippi’s 2011 Senate Bill 2179 — which like the Georgia law would have required county and municipal law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects and to arrest and jail illegal immigrants. The bill failed in Mississippi when House and Senate negotiators could not agree on the law.

Those disagreements were heightened when the Mississippi Municipal League has raised legitimate concerns that the bill was an “unfunded mandate” from the Legislature that would increase costs on county and municipal governments and could raise taxes.

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