Bryant still pushing immigration-enforcement bill

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s “baffled” about some opposition that’s developed to an immigration-enforcement bill, particularly from businesses that say they don’t hire illegal immigrants, anyway.

Several groups have spoken against the bill this week, including associations representing sheriffs, police chiefs, county supervisors and municipal officials.

Building contractors and several agriculture groups are also against it, as is the influential Mississippi Economic Council. MEC says immigration enforcement is best left to the federal government.

Republican Bryant was elected with the help of tea party groups that say immigration enforcement is a priority.

The bill has passed the House and faces a deadline next Tuesday for consideration in a Senate committee.

On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves assigned the bill to the Judiciary B Committee.