Miss. to consider Arizona-style immigration bill

JACKSON — Some Mississippi politicians are gearing up to push an immigration-enforcement law similar to Arizona’s, allowing police officers to check the status of people they think might be in the country illegally.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and state Rep. Becky Currie, who are both Republicans, discussed the effort Monday night during a tea party meeting in the Jackson suburb of Madison.

Bryant says he’s not daunted by the possibility of an “oppressive” federal government suing Mississippi over a state effort to enforce immigration laws.

Legislators would get their first chance to vote early next year, and Republican Gov. Haley Barbour says he’d sign a bill that’s like Arizona’s.

Immigrant-rights advocates say Arizona’s law could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics.

The Associated Press