Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-Sanctuary Bill

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) ensured another victory for true immigration reform supporters by signing anti-sanctuary legislation into law Monday. The measure, Senate Bill (SB) 2710, prohibits sanctuary policies, which are designed to protect criminal aliens from detection and removal from the United State by restricting communication with federal officials and compliance with detainer requests, often called ICE holds.

Introduced by Senate Judiciary A Chairman Sean Tindell (R-49), SB 2710 specifically prohibits all localities and state agencies, including the state’s public universities and colleges, from adopting or implementing any policy that limits or prohibits communication or cooperation with federal agencies or officials. SB 2710 therefore facilitates the enforcement of immigration law by federal immigration officials by allowing law enforcement and other public officials to cooperate with the federal agency as Congress intended. “We’ve had instances of cities attempting to ignore federal law or have law enforcement not check immigration status,” Senator Tindell explained.

Chairman of the House Judiciary B committee, Representative Andy Gipson (R-77), also supported SB 2710. “This doesn’t mandate any action, it just says we’re not going to turn a blind eye to the immigration law we have on the books. That’s federal law,” Gipson said during a committee hearing on the measure.

In a statement, Governor Bryant explained his support for SB 2710. “Taxpayers expect their state and its political subdivisions to abide by federal immigration laws.” He added, “I appreciate the Legislature’s work on Senate Bill 2710.” Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R) also commented on the victory, calling SB 2710 “a major step forward for law and order in Mississippi.”

Mississippi is not the only state advancing anti-sanctuary legislation this year. State lawmakers around the country amplified the movement to combat these policies after mayors in many of the country’s largest sanctuary cities promised illegal aliens that city officials will continue to ignore federal law following the election of President Donald Trump. Lawmakers in at least 25 states have responded to the public outcry against sanctuary policies and introduced legislation to eliminate them in their states.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.

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    To Put It Blunt and Simple

    Sanctuary Cities= Tax Evasion by Replacing Livable Pay Legal Citizens With Illegal Cheap Foreign Invaders

    Then they also want school funds, Medicaid [used mainly to hatch more healthy person anchor babies], while stealing Medicaid benefits from America’s legal citizen disabled and special needs…..recent ACA Medicaid wait lines HUGE NOW and getting a doctor to accept Medicaid for treatments and prescriptions in general a COMPLETE JOKE. Ask any parent like me with a special needs adult and you’ll get the REAL truth about recent ACA ‘watered down” Medicaid for our disabled and elderly.

    The fake news doesn’t print this story either. The Dems will never admit it either.

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    An article in the Miami Herald by Andres Viglucci discussed South Florida’s “sky high housing costs” and the fact that the South Florida “megalopolis has been one of the 10 fastest growing areas in the country by sheer numbers alone since the last census in 2010”. The story noted “now the region’s growth is principally driven by people settling here from other countries”.

    New Yorkers carry on about housing prices that are unaffordable by most residents and they blame developers but they keep voting for the people like Bloomberg and DeBlasio who not only don’t want to restrict immigration but insist we need more. It’s Trump supporters that are supposed to be the clueless ones, but you can never get immigrant advocates to admit that supply and demand is not suspended when it comes to immigration. More people in an area limited by geography means higher prices. Sorry, you are the idiots who can’t add 2 and 2 and you call anyone who can a racist.

    The world cannot move here. The only thing being accomplished is the environmental destruction of this country. I see no problem with helping people. Africa is undergoing a severe drought and millions are at risk. We can cut back on a couple fighter planes and assist them. But they cannot come here.