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Voting deadlines for Immigration Bill approaches

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Depending on how legislators vote this week, Mississippi may soon be joining Alabama and others by drastically changing state immigration law. The fate of the bill could be known as early as Thursday.

"Well,  that bill has been passed by the house. It has been sent down to the Senate and assigned to a Judiciary B Committee in the State Senate. So, I assume they will be looking at that and seeing if they want to bring it out or not," said Senator Joey Fillingane, District 41.

Fillingane says this bill is something the state needs.

"It's pretty clear the federal government hasn't been doing a good job up to this point in enforcing the immigration law that we currently have, "said Fillingane.

Fillingane, who authored an immigration bill last year, says even with the need it's uncertain if the bill will pass.

"It's possible that it could come out in some other version, or it could wait until next year," said Fillingane.

Another possibility is waiting on the vote to see what the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Arizona Immigration Bill .

"I believe that case is being taken up maybe this year. So, some thought you would wait and see what the U.S. Supreme Court does and what guideline they lay out for the state to see if it is even possible for a state to do something regarding federal immigration laws or not," said Fillingane.

Fillingane says no matter what the supreme court decides, deadlines are fast approaching for a decision in Mississippi.

"The deadline for committee action on the house bill would be tomorrow on the committee, and then floor action would be later in the week like on Thursday," said Fillingane.

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