Miss. House: No reconsideration of immigrant bill

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House decided Monday it won’t reconsider an immigration enforcement bill it passed last week.

That decision moves the bill back to the Senate, which had passed its own version earlier.

The House made substantial changes to the bill, and the Senate is expected to reject them. Negotiators would be appointed to work on final language.

The bill says that during traffic stops or other encounters, a law enforcement officer could check the immigration status of a person the officer thinks might be in the United States illegally.

Democratic Rep. Jim Evans of Jackson tried to persuade his colleagues to debate and kill the bill Monday. He called it “absolutely un-American.”

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The bill is Senate Bill 2179.