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SB 2179 - Restrictions on Employers of Undocumented Immigrants - Key Vote

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Legislation - Nonconcurrence Vote Passed (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (77-40) - (Key vote)

Title: Restrictions on Employers of Undocumented Immigrants

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a bill that increases restrictions on employers of undocumented immigrants, gives further authority to law enforcement officers in pursuing undocumented immigrants, and establishes penalties related to immigration.

Highlights:
  • Establishes that for any lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or agency where "reasonable suspicion exists" that the person is unlawfully present in the United States, "a reasonable attempt" will be made to determine their immigration status (Sec. 2). 
  • Establishes that a person will be presumed not to be an undocumented immigrant if they present the law enforcement officer or agency with a valid (Sec. 2):
    • Mississippi driver's license; 
    • Mississippi identification card; 
    • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification; or 
    • Federal, state or local government issued identification or driver's license.
  • Requires that when an undocumented immigrant who faces conviction is discharged or assessed for obligation, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection will be notified immediately (Sec. 2). 
  • Establishes that the moving, concealing, harboring or shielding of undocumented immigrants is unlawful and constitutes a misdemeanor and a fine of at least $1,000, unless the violation involves 10 or more people, in which case it constitutes a felony (Sec. 4). 
  • Establishes that if an employer employs undocumented immigrants, they shall, for the first violation (Sec. 6):
    • Be ordered to terminate any undocumented immigrants; 
    • Be subject to a probation period of 3 years when they must report social security numbers and tax I.D. numbers of new employees; and 
    • Have any state ordered license, permit, etc. suspended for at least 10 days.
  • Establishes that if an employer employs undocumented immigrants, they shall, for the second violation, have any licenses held permanently revoked by the appropriate agencies, as ordered by the court (Sec. 6). 
  • Establishes that it is a misdemeanor for an undocumented immigrant to knowingly apply for work or solicit work in Mississippi (Sec. 6). 
  • Specifies that the act will take effect on July 1, 2011 (Sec. 12).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (34-15) - (Key vote)

Title: Restrictions on Employers of Undocumented Immigrants

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases restrictions on employers of undocumented immigrants.

Highlights:
  • Establishes that for any lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or agency where "reasonable suspicion exists" that the person is unlawfully present in the United States, "a reasonable attempt" will be made to determine their immigration status (Sec. 2). 
  • Establishes that a person will be presumed not to be an undocumented immigrant if they present the law enforcement officer or agency with a valid (Sec. 2):
    • Mississippi driver's license; 
    • Mississippi identification card; 
    • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification; or 
    • Federal, state or local government issued identification or driver's license.
  • Requires that when an undocumented immigrant who faces conviction is discharged or assessed for obligation, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection will be notified immediately (Sec. 2). 
  • Establishes that the moving, concealing, harboring or shielding of undocumented immigrants is unlawful and constitutes a misdemeanor and a fine of at least $1,000, unless the violation involves 10 or more people, in which case it constitutes a felony (Sec. 4). 
  • Establishes that if an employer employs undocumented immigrants, they shall, for the first violation (Sec. 6):
    • Be ordered to terminate any undocumented immigrants; 
    • Be subject to a probation period of 3 years when they must report social security numbers and tax I.D. numbers of new employees; and 
    • Have any state ordered license, permit, etc. suspended for at least 10 days.
  • Establishes that if an employer employs undocumented immigrants, they shall, for the second violation, have any licenses held permanently revoked by the appropriate agencies, as ordered by the court (Sec. 6). 
  • Establishes that it is a misdemeanor for an undocumented immigrant to knowingly apply for work or solicit work in Mississippi (Sec. 6). 
  • Specifies that the act will take effect on July 1, 2011 (Sec. 12).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Restrictions on Employers of Undocumented Immigrants

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