HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Governor Phil Bryant issued an executive order Thursday ordering state agencies not to provide public services to illegal immigrants who recently received deferred deportation status from the federal government.
It was in response to President Obama's own executive order, allowing some younger immigrants to stay in the U.S. for a time without fear of deportation.
On Tuesday while visiting Southern Miss, Governor Bryant said he was considering issuing the order, because he said the President's action violates the separation of powers.
"Look at the additional burden that the states are now going to take on because of the amnesty of 870 (thousand) to a million new people," said Bryant. "It was done for political purposes. Obviously, the Obama team is trying as best they can to register those immigrants to vote in November's election and it's unfortunate," he said.
Bryant said his order doesn't change or modify Mississippi law, which already bans the state from providing unemployment benefits, food stamps or other benefits to illegal immigrants.