Sanctuary cities now illegal in Mississippi

Updated: Mar. 27, 2017 at 10:03 AM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Sanctuary cities are now illegal in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2710 into law Monday morning, which will prohibit towns, counties, or universities from "purposefully defying federal immigration laws."

"Taxpayers expect their state and its political subdivisions to abide by federal immigration laws," Gov. Bryant said after final passage by the legislature.

"We should make sure no local governments or state entities have the ability to break our laws, creating jurisdictions of amnesty for illegal aliens," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said.

Sponsored by Sen. Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, the bill passed the Senate in a 32-16 vote; the House vote was 76-41.

The new law means a city ordinance in Jackson put in place to prevent racial and ethnic profiling is now null and void. Part of that ordinance stated that police officers couldn't ask for immigration status.

"It had a beneficial effect on the city of Jackson because other cities go out of their way for law-enforcement agencies to harass immigrants, harass brown people," noted Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance Director Bill Chandler.

Chandler went on to say he didn't think there was ever a threat of any city in the state becoming a sanctuary city.

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