MML: Immigration bill could hurt cities' budgets

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Leaders of Mississippi cities are urging state lawmakers to avoid putting new financial burdens on local government, including costs of training law officers for immigration enforcement.

A bill that passed the state Senate last week says that during traffic stops or other encounters, an officer could check a person’s immigration status if the officer thinks the person might be in the U.S. illegally.

Mississippi Municipal League president Charley Dumas, the mayor of Prentiss, says Wednesday that officers might need additional training, and the state shouldn’t make cities pay for it.

The immigration bill awaits consideration in the House Judiciary A Committee.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2179.