Following attempts at Ole Miss in November of 2016 to declare the campus a sanctuary, Mississippi took another step Tuesday toward banning sanctuary cities.
Gov. Phil Bryant said he would sign a bill that would keep government agencies from sheltering people in the country illegally.
Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges can’t prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also can’t give legal status to people who entered the country without permission, such as by issuing an identification card. Critics say the bill is discriminatory.
Senators agreed with changes made by the House, with 11 senators voting against the bill. Bryant, a Republican who has long voiced concerns about people entering the country illegally, said he would sign the measure into law.
“Taxpayers expect their state and its political subdivisions to abide by federal immigration laws,” Bryant said in a statement.
The bill would override Mississippi’s only sanctuary policy. A 2010 ordinance in the city of Jackson prevents police officers from asking about immigration status. Supporters said the new bill would ensure local governments can’t hamper efforts to remove people who have entered illegally.
Ole Miss ASB Senators Attempted To Pass Sanctuary Resolution In Late 2016
United Conservatives and Senator Chris McDaniel’s office began receiving calls early on the morning of November 29, 2016 from Ole Miss students concerned about an ASB resolution.
The resolution recommended the university administration take immediate steps to make the Ole Miss campus a “formal sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, their families and related community members.”
McDaniel launched United Conservatives in 2015 and has been a frequent speaker to conservative groups at Ole Miss.
United Conservatives put out a ‘call to action’. Within 3 hours, several thousands conservatives had responded to the call.
Ole Miss ASB Senators, university staff and alumni association representatives were flooded with calls and emails throughout the day as news got out that the senate would be presented tonight with the resolution.
The overwhelming response from Ole Miss Alumni and the general public contributed to a loss of committee support for a controversial recommendation and it was pulled from consideration