On Illegal Immigration Legislation…
In the first couple weeks of the session, both chambers of the state legislature have taken on bills related to illegal immigration. In the Senate, they passed a bill largely modeled after the Arizona legislation that drew so much attention last year. The House- somewhat surprisingly- decided to take this up and pass a bill although it is very different from what the Senate gave us.
** Rep. Greg Snowden provides his take on the House bill- which Republicans mainly supported even if they didn’t like it. Basically given a “take it or leave it” option, they took it; along with many white Democrats in providing the 77-40 majority. It was mostly the Black Caucus who opposed this. This means the bill is technically alive as it goes back to the Senate, but Snowden isn’t confident any immigration enforcement bill this year. As Snowden points out, this was excellent political maneuvering by House Democrats for two key reasons: 1) RWDs got to vote on this and can campaign on support for an illegal alien crackdown bill. 2) This bill will die so the liberals- mainly the LBC- who make up the base in the House will be happy.
** Speaking of bills on life support, Tea Party groups- along with Sen. Joey Fillingane (R-Hattiesburg)- are continuing their strong push for SB225 which would use remittance fees to build a border fence. The bill will die this week if the Judiciary A committee doesn’t take up action this week. Here is a flyer that Mississippi Patriots are distributing.