The Mississippi House is one step closer to passing legislation that would ban colleges and other public places from becoming so-called “sanctuary campuses” that shield illegal immigrants from the law.
Senate Bill 2710 would prevent cities, state agencies and public colleges from sheltering illegal immigrants from federal enforcement or investigations, according to The Daily Caller.
They would not be able to “adopt, or implement a policy, order, or ordinance that limits or prohibits any person from communicating or cooperating with federal agencies or officials to verify or report the immigration status of any person,” the law states.
In addition, public agencies would not be able to give legal status to people who entered the country without permission, such as by issuing an ID card. Doing so would be in violation of state or federal law.
The bill passed the Mississippi Senate in February. The House of Representatives approved an amended form of the bill by Wednesday, which brought it one step closer to the desk of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has indicated he would sign it into law, according to Campus Reform.
On Monday, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said during an interview on Fox News that he supports President Donald Trump’s crackdown illegal immigration.
“We are going to pass a law that says you can’t have sanctuary cities in Mississippi, so that you can’t hide these individuals from immigration and customs,” he said.
State Rep. Rob Roberson told Campus Reform that the bill was fairly straightforward and “simply reflecting federal law and reiterates it in state law,” and can even be considered as a simple “policy statement from the legislative government office.”
Republican State Rep. Steve Hopkins told Campus Reform that he didn’t expect the bill to face any hurdles before being signed into law.
Mississippi is just one of many states that has decided to crack down on agencies that work to shelter illegal immigrants. Last month, the Texas State Senate passed a bill that would impose fines and and funding to cities or college campuses that did not cooperate with federal immigration laws. The city of Miami, Floria, also dropped drop its sanctuary city status in January.
Democrats will lose the collective minds over such legislation and claim it is unfair, but it looks like they’re in the minority.
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