Mississippi House OKs revised immigration bill

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would let a law officers check people’s immigration status during traffic stops or other encounters.

Thursday’s vote came after a short explanation and no debate.

The bill passed the Senate last week, but the House Judiciary A Committee made changes.

The Senate version would’ve allowed people to sue cities, counties or law enforcement officers for allegedly failing to enforce immigration laws. Local officials said such lawsuits could break their budgets.

The House version removes the lawsuits against local government or law enforcement, but it would allow lawsuits against employers.

House and Senate negotiations are expected.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2179.