Immigrant worker bill clears Miss House

The Mississippi House passed a bill Friday that says businesses would have to verify that their employees are either U.S. citizens or are in the country legally.
 
The proposal sparked heated debate between supporters who say they're trying to safeguard American jobs and opponents who say the plan unfairly singles out certain groups, particularly Hispanics.

Democratic Rep. Willie Bailey of Greenville says some lawmakers were backing the bill only to pander to voters back home this election year.

The bill's chief sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Mike Lott of Petal, responded that he was not fearful of any race of people.

The bill moves to the Senate for more work.