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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Infamous “Bilbo” Statue in Room 113

The Legislative hearing on in-state tuition was held in Room 113, on the first floor of the Capitol building. There’s something unique about that room, and it isn’t a good thing—it’s a large bronze statue of infamous Mississippi Governor and U.S. Senator Theodore Bilbo (governor from 1916-1920, and 1928-32, and as US Senator 1935-1947 until he died), who was ultra-racist and a proud Klansman.
The statue had previously been housed in the 2nd floor rotunda of the capitol building, but Mississippi Governor William Winter fought for and finally had it removed …

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[17 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Major Effort Underway in 2014 Legislative Session

The session began on January 7, but it’s still in the early stages, so there are many bills that have not yet been filed. Monday, January 20th is the deadline for bills to be filed, so we should have a better idea of exactly what we’re up against by the middle of next week. While we’ll likely be facing opposition from anti-immigrant camps, we believe that we can gain some serious ground for immigrants and workers in areas like healthcare, education, and worker’s compensation.
So far, we have seen: 
- HB 209 …

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[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Critical Preparations for 2014 Legislative Session Underway

Mississippi’s 2014 Legislative Session begins on January 7th, and we’re preparing for action on a number of key issues. Our annual Civic Engagement day at the Capitol is Wednesday, January 22nd, and we are forming strategies to address the legislative issues at hand. While we’ll likely be facing opposition from anti-immigrant camps, 2014 appears to be a year in which we can gain some serious ground for immigrants and workers in areas like healthcare, education, and worker’s comp.
Since the 2014 Legislative Session has not yet begun, it’s unclear just how …

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[16 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Analysis OF HB 1275

By Mike Sayer
Courtesy of Southern Echo http://southernecho.org/s/
 February 16, 2013
Once you read the existing law, MS Code 29-1-75, you will see the insidious purpose of HB 1275, which would amend the existing law.  Here is the entire textof the existing law:
 
Miss. Code Ann. § 29-1-75
§ 29-1-75. Who may purchase
Currentness
Except as otherwise provided in this section, neither a corporation nor a nonresident alien, nor any association of persons composed in whole or in part of nonresident aliens, shall directly or indirectly purchase or become the owner of any of the public lands; and every patent issued in contravention hereof shall …

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[7 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
The Immigration Proposal HB 1221 Is Unconstitutional

HB 1221 Committee Substitute, now pending, is unconstitutional on its face, as is the underlying 2008 statute, 
MS Code 71-11-3, because they are pre-empted by the US Constitution express delegation of power to 
Congress to regulate naturalization and immigration. According to the US Constitution the federal law is the 
”supreme law of the land” and therefore state statutes are subordinate to the power of the federal 
government. [For the deniers: we fought a Civil War over this issue!]
The US Supreme Court decision in the Arizona immigration case, decided in June …

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[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Bills Introduced So Far…

Bad, Anti-Immigrant:

HB 67 by Rep. Becky Currie (R) Brookhaven- punitive E-Verify bill revises “Mississippi  Employment Protection Act”  of 2008 increases penalties and requires Attorney General & Secretary of State to enforce. (Jud. B) 
HB 198 by Rep. Becky Currie (R)- Expands human trafficking law to employers. (Jud. B) 
HB 321 by Rep. Becky Currie (R)- mandates that law enforcement officers to take photographs of certain persons with out valid drivers licenses. (Jud. B) 
HB 490 by Rep. Gary Chism (R) Columbus- attempt to prevent Federal pre-emption of  state  Laws and to “assert the sovereignty of …

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[22 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
2013 MS Legislative Proposals Include Harsh E-Verify Bill, Among Others

It’s still early to know what legislation might be introduced this year. Lawmakers have several days yet to file their proposed legislation – the deadline for filing is Monday, January 21st. We do know, however, that at least three bills related to immigration have been introduced, and several others are being drafted.
 
One anti-immigrant bill that has been introduced and assigned its number is HB-67, a punitive E-verify bill. Click here to see the full text of the bill (http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2013/pdf/HB/0001-0099/HB0067IN.pdf). This piece, authored by the ever-vigilant anti-immigrant legislator Becky Currie, expands …

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[23 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Statement for the Mississippi House of Representatives, Judicial Committee B, August 23, 2012

Presented by Bill Chandler, Executive Director

Once again there is a possibility of legislative proposals being introduced into the 2013 Mississippi Legislative Session that are preempted by Federal Law.
On April 25, 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Arizona’s SB 1070 was largely unconstitutional in Arizona v. United States. In its decision, the Supreme Court struck down three of the four sections of the law that were challenged. It also struck down a provision criminalizing undocumented workers for working— including much of Mississippi’s so-called Employment Protection Act …

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[22 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

Voter suppression is an old tactic, used by the majority population to prevent minorities from gaining fair representation. Both the new redistricting plan and voter ID would have a profoundly negative impact on immigrants, African Americans and ironically, many white voters. Last November, news stories abounded about voters in states with voter ID laws losing their voting rights. 
Redistricting, while necessary and constitutionally required, is often used to punish those who do not walk lock-step with the majority party in the legislature. By re-drawing the districts along racial lines or illegally …