Arizona-style immigration bill dies in Mississippi

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – The push for a comprehensive anti-immigration bill in Mississippi began with a series of hearings and a rally in opposition, but the measure has quietly died under a legislative deadline.

The bill would’ve allowed law officers to check a person’s immigration status during traffic stops. The Senate version would’ve allowed people to sue cities, counties or law enforcement officers for allegedly failing to enforce immigration laws.

The House version removed most of the lawsuit provisions, and added language to fine businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Senate Judiciary A Chairman Joey Fillingane says the fines would’ve violated federal law. House Judiciary A Chairman Ed Blackmon says the Senate’s bill is based on a law that’s being challenged by the U.S. Justice Department.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2179.