HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Could an Arizona-style immigration law become reality here in Mississippi?
In September, the state capitol in Jackson will hold hearings on a piece of proposed immigration legislation drafted by State Senator Joey Fillingane, a Pine Belt Republican.
The bill aims to increase the state's authority when it comes to identifying illegal immigrants and prosecuting those who hire them. It includes a section that would allow for state law enforcement officials to determine immigration status following a stop for another legal reason like a traffic offense.
Fillingane said the proposed Mississippi bill is 99 percent similar to the bill passed in Arizona. "We have problems in Mississippi just like the other 49 states have problems," said Fillingane.
Fillingane believes there will be overwhelming state Senate support for this bill.