The legislative graveyard got a little bit bigger this week as lawmakers in Mississippi pronounced a series of restrictive immigration measures dead. More than 30 immigration-related bills—including an Arizona-style enforcement bill—failed to meet a legislative deadline due to disagreements over the laws’ impact on the business community. Mississippi joins nine other states (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Virginia, Wyoming) where legislators have cut Arizona-style enforcement bills—bills that are, according to the Washington Posteditorial board, causing many businesses to speak out for fear of sharing Arizona’s economic fate.
The Florida Independent reported last week that at a community forum, South Florida workers, religious leaders, and immigration advocates denounced the current immigration-enforcement bills proposed by Florida legislators. They specifically pointed to S.B. 2040, which would force local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law. Several speakers said the problem is that police officers are already asking about immigration status and that arrest can lead to deportation.